Posting concept art for futuristic products is something designers happen to do when some free time comes up, and while most of the time these mockups are over the top, there are a few that are not only possible, but make you wonder why it isn’t on the market. One company people tend to focus on when they come up with their crazy designs is Apple, and with a constant stream of rumors, there is plenty of fuel to drive the ideas.
It has been rumored that Apple will be releasing a smartwatch, known as the iWatch, in the very near future, so Thomas Bogner, a Berlin-based engineer by day and designer by night, decided to make what he thought was a unique design based off of something he and thousands of others are already wearing. Instead of following the typical designs seen in other popular mockups, Bogner decided to go in a new direction and base it off of Nike’s successful FuelBand fitness wristband.
After several weeks with my new fuel band and a quiet disappointing revamp last week it got me thinking what functions I would love to see in a so called “smartwatch” like this – not that many actually.
But I really liked the idea of wrapping the Interface around the wrist and have something like the clickwheel rotating around my arm. The main problem is, i love the form-factor of the fuel band but would it be practical to read more text than “GOAL” or even interact with it? If the possibilities are just swipe and tap i’m sure it’s possible but a watch has to be something that people like to use and i am not quiet convinced if this would be the fact.
While Bogner doesn’t seem to think his creation is the perfect solution, I have to disagree. Not only is this a clear example of some of the great design skills coming out of Germany today, but this is the first mockup of an iWatch that I have seen that matches the typical Apple product re-imagination. What do you think? Is this something you would be willing to wear? Let us know by leaving a comment.