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For years now, rumors of an Apple-made watch have been floating around the internet. Ever since 2008 when Steve Wozniak “let slip” that company’s future could lie in an iWatch, technology and design enthusiasts have continued to speculate about how such a product might look and function.

Last week, front-end developer and UI designer Todd Hamilton threw his own version into the mix; The design, which largely resembles a marriage between a Nike Fuelband and an iPhone, is based on a mock-up by Thomas Bogner.

“It was an impressive concept that got a lot of people excited including myself,” Hamilton says on his personal blog. “However, it had a major flaw: the orientation of the interface made it impossible to use…I decided to take a stab at the problem and create a more user friendly concept. I wanted to retain a slim form factor like the Fuelband and incorporate familiar UI components from iOS 7. It needed to feel natural on the wrist and look like something Apple would actually produce.”

Hamilton’s version is a simple band with a curved touchscreen display, a single home button on the left, and volume control on the right. The lock screen is a black and white interface displaying the time, date, and button to activate Siri. Possible actions largely mimic that of the iPhone––tap to use Siri, swipe up to unlock, or pull down to view notifications.

“While I was designing this I found myself pretending what it would be like to use swiping gestures on my wrist,” he writes, encouraging readers to do the same to get a feel for how the product would feel to use.

The homescreen (or springboard) has four app icons vertically stacked with a page controller on the right. Users would swipe up or down to move between pages and press the home button to return to the lockscreen.

Hamilton’s comprehensive mock-up also includes his ideas for a health and fitness app (think Jawbone, Fitbit, and Nike Fuel), along with his thoughts on how the iWatch will get its data (“tethered to the iPhone over Bluetooth, providing a data connection through your existing plan”); however, the most interesting part of his design is probably the animated “use case” which walks you through the hypothetical Phone app and gives a real sense of how the product might actually look and feel as you were using it:

iWatch Concept from Todd Hamilton on Vimeo.

What do you think of his design? Would you make any changes or are you already sold on Hamilton’s iWatch?

For more information on Todd Hamilton or to view his original post visit ToddHam.com

Images: Todd Hamilton

While many homes already have ‘smart’ technology like a security system or television that can be accessed and managed through your phone or tablet, Samsung aims to take this one step further by introducing Smart Home.

The Smart Home app includes three main features (Device Control, Home View, and Smart Customer Service) and will allow users to control their TVs, home appliances, and handheld devices in a single platform.

Device Control

What it does: Personalize the settings on your electronics and turn them on or off remotely.

How you’ll use it: Control the lights or temperature from your phone or use voice commands to control several appliances at one time––for example, the phrase ‘going out’ can trigger your lights, TV, and computer to shut off simultaneously.

Home View

What it does: Use the cameras built-in to your TV and other devices to take a remote peek inside your home.

How you’ll use it: Be your own security––check up on your house by using real-time streaming on your smartphone.

Smart Customer Service

What it does: Notifies users when appliances need servicing or consumables need to be replenished.

How you’ll use it: Receive updates from your fridge when you’re running low on milk or get notified when your washing machine is about to break down.

For the time being, the Smart Home technology is limited to Samsung products; however, the company is looking to extend its service to third-party manufacturers in the future.

Sources: Digital Trends and Hexus 

Image: Samsung