Apple iWatch: Is this the best concept design yet?
The Apple iWatch remains a mystery, but fans are still bringing their own ideas to the table. Could this be the best fan-made concept yet?
Published on Mar 12, 2014
iWatch rumours are rife and while the wait for any official word from Apple over wearable tech goes on, fans have been keen to share their own ideas with the world.
Tomas Moyano, an Apple follower and 3D designer from Argentina, recently unveiled his Apple iWatch concept.
The iWatch by Tomas boasts a number of exciting features that we'd be more than happy to see on an actual Apple watch, if indeed one ever arrived.
Recent Apple patents related to curved glass could be an indication that a watch is on the way, but for now we're left looking at fan-made concepts hoping that what the tech group has up its own sleeve delivers even more.
Most of the work towards this latest iWatch concept was done by Tomas himself, with a little help on the side from a fellow designer, NicoA77.
Seeing how Samsung, LG and Sony introduced their smartwatches left me thinking these companies were taking the wrong approach.
The iWatch creator told Phonecruncher his reasons for taking on the project, explaining: "The concept of this project was to go beyond what smartwatches are currently capable of doing".
"If new smartwatches are going to track our fitness activities and health, they should be wearable at all times, not only when we're doing sports".
The face of this version of the iWatch can detach from the strap on your wrist, making for easy docking and charging.
The Apple iWatch as envisioned by Tomas Moyano is capable of withstanding bumps and scrapes and harsh weather conditions, 'no matter where you are'.
Other features for the iWatch include:
- A Waterproof shell
- Solar-charging capability
- Vibrating notification alerts
- Wireless device syncing
- Bluetooth technology
- Built-in fitness tracking app and temperature sensors
There's no physical buttons on the body of the device, which instead relies on touch gestures to function.
One of the design renders by Tomas shows the 1.4-inch face of the watch being worn on a necklace chain, which admittedly we're not too convinced by.
Underwater selfies? Now you have our attention.
Putting together a convincing build of the rumoured Apple product took time, Tomas told Phonecruncher.
"At first, I had a hard time deciding how an Apple smartwatch should look. Quite honestly, I spent a few weeks working on the project with little success".
The biggest challenge was to include functions and capabilities that would actually make a difference, keeping in mind the minimalist style of apple.
He added: "Seeing how Samsung, LG and Sony introduced their smartwatches left me thinking these companies were taking the wrong approach. These groups were quick to release a smartwatch before Apple but haven't done it right".
Work towards the iWatch concept, from coming up with the original idea to publishing the project renders online, took 'well over a month'.
Mayono told us that the majority of his time was spent exploring options such as colours, materials, shapes and measurements of the watch.
Keeping the design of the iWatch concept as simple as possible was highly important, the creator told us.
Mayano explained the issues that arose during development, saying: "The biggest challenge was to include functions and capabilities that would actually make a difference, keeping in mind the minimalist style of Apple".
As to what lies ahead for the talented designer, Tomas told Phonecruncher that feedback on the iWatch has left him feeling even more inspired.
He said: "I'm very flattered by the comments I've received and I never thought that making the iWatch would have this impact. It inspires me to make new projects and ideas, continue learning and giving my best".
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