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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:19 PM   #1
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New Concepts Imagine the iWatch as a Lifestyle Device, Traditional Timepiece




While earlier iWatch concepts were inspired by the wearable's health-tracking features, a new set of renderings from Argentine design student Tomas Moyano imagines the iWatch as a device that'll produce "a further and deeper interaction between human beings and technology."

Moyano pictures a perfectly round device, with grooves in the side that'll allow for multiple looks with different bands. Similar to the Shine from Misfit Wearables, the concept design features no buttons to catch on your sleeve and no holes to allow in water or dust. Submersible and resistant to dust, the watch lacks speakers and will rely on vibration notifications to alert you to an incoming message.
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Wait a moment, no speakers? Think about it. A watch is almost always on your hand, pretty far from your ears. Imagine yourself walking on a noisy city: If you want to hear a notification sound from your smartwatch, it should be a loud sound, and to produce it, it would need a lot of energy and big components. Both things not easy to include on a such small device.

Besides that the iWatch will be constantly in contact with your skin and body, an important fact to consider. That's why I decided you shouldn't hear, but feel the notifications. That is right: Vibration notifications. Perfectly submersible and dust resistant vibration notifications.
Battery life will be a challenge in such a small device, so Moyano visualizes the iWatch with micro-solar panels and wireless recharging. To conserve this precious power, the concept iWatch will sacrifice the cellular connection and associated services that require an internet connection. Moyano's concept envisions Maps working on the iWatch, but it is not clear how the maps would be usable on such a small-screened device.

Another circulating iWatch concept created by Hungarian freelance designer Gábor Balogh and published by The Verge is inspired by traditional wristwatch design. The concept uses an actual product image of the Havana timepiece from Swedish watchmaker Triwa. Balogh replaces the face of the watch with rumored iWatch features such as messages and heart rate tracking.

Though the iWatch may not have many of the features mentioned above, it is rumored to include biometric functions like a heart rate monitor that'll tie into Apple's iOS 8 ecosystem via a new Healthbook app. It may also ship with a version of Siri tailored for the wrist-worn device.

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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:21 PM   #2
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Stupid idea.

Just taking something that already exists without changing the core design but trying to fit in new technology to magically work together is wrong.
That’s the reason why taking Symbian phones in 2006 and slaping a touch screen on it, without adjusting the core system in a major way, didn’t work.

Especially the buttons on the side look pathetic. It’s just like the fake-leather calendar design of the former Mac App, with the bookmark symbol acting as a button that has completely different functionality than what it suggests.
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:21 PM   #3
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Why not? It looks cool to me!
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:22 PM   #4
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A design student's concept is front page news?!
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:22 PM   #5
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Um. Ew.
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Yes please. A watch has to be waterproof, and the idea of vibrating notifications is much better than sound.

Like the design too, I don't want a watch that's as big as my phone on my wrist! The buttons need work - I would prefer a buttonless design that was just gesture controlled.
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:23 PM   #7
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Those concepts are really, really nice... surprised to see a round display, that would be pretty awesome.
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I find this interesting and quite a step AWAY from the current trend. This entire surface screen and ability to change the whole layout looks neat.

Though I see this as something that could easily get lost.

Do these use a chargeable battery or is it the type that would be powered by motion/movement?
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:24 PM   #10
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Please the sooner the better. I had to give up my Fitbit Force so now I'm without a tracker.
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:25 PM   #11
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do it, do it, do it!!!!!

looks like the Sunto watches!
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:26 PM   #12
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That's why I decided you shouldn't hear, but feel the notifications.
Your decision has no weight... you're not Apple
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:27 PM   #13
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I think the design of the one with the brown leather strap is a superior design than anything we've seen thus far.
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:27 PM   #14
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How would you be able to take a photo with the camera under the watch?
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:27 PM   #15
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Hopefully the iWatch will have a timeless design. Unfortunately, technology becomes outdated quickly, so what are the odds I could pass my iWatch on to one of my kids in 30 years?

I like my watches old-school, powered by springs and gears. But I'd definitely wear an iWatch if they do it right. Or at all.
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I think the design of the one with the brown leather strap is a superior design than anything we've seen thus far.
that's because the brown leather strap one is based on an actual watch.

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How would you be able to take a photo with the camera under the watch?
Because you wouldn't be taking any pictures with your watch. It's for health sensors.
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This is the first concept that caught my eye. Vibration notification might be a good idea. A watch that is smaller than the palm of my hand is also good. We can only wait and see what Apple comes up with.
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that's because the brown leather strap one is based on an actual watch.

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It's not only the classic look, but how well the LCD works with that design. I really like it and hope Apple is thinking of going the traditional route. Originally I felt i needed to be future looking, but, after seeing Samsung's offerings and the past concepts of the iWatch, I find myself wanting more of a traditional look. I had no real intention of getting one, unless the features benefited me, but I would consider it if it was more traditional.
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Oh wow. From the random things posted to this site, I'm guessing I could just submit my child's drawings and get them to be front-page material.
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Those concepts are really, really nice... surprised to see a round display, that would be pretty awesome.
I agree with you. I really like the brown leather strap and round display.
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:35 PM   #22
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I could see myself buying something like that:

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Just need to make sure the battery life is sufficient.
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All these concepts need a solar element as a battery extender.

My casio pathfinder can go 6 months with no sun after a full solar charge. A smart watch would have a hard time with that, but there is no reason we can't get more than a few days or even weeks on a single charge.
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 12:39 PM   #24
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This looks atrocious.

The site is named MacRumors, not MacMockups.
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How would you be able to take a photo with the camera under the watch?
There are two tiny black dots on the front screen. An optical tiny home button and the front camera. What is under the watch is the pulsometer and temperature sensor, sometching like de GS5. Please visit the behance link to see the project´s details
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