Wearable Watch Concept Design
Posted 17 December 2008 - 12:54 AM
my name is Nicolas Meiresonne, 20years old and I am a Productdesign student from Belgium, Antwerp.
First I must say that I am impressed by the different finished projects which I daily see here and that I am mildly intimidated by them
6 Weeks ago we got a new project to work on. Wearable watches, the objective was to develop a "wearable watch" with focus on the users experience part. A watch that didn't need to tell you the exact time, only a perception.
We got a target group to work with and I got the following: Women who are around there 30's, excercise twice a week, are happily maried, have children... blablabla.
Here is what I came up with.
I thought of a bracelet with a color that show what time it is. Bleu/green = morning, yellow/orange = noon , red/purple = evening and night. The colors rotate around the bracelet. The color on top indicates the current "time". When one colour reaches the top for a second time, 24H have past, but I guess that's obvious. If not, well now you know
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My conceptposter took too long to upload as an attachement so i hosted it through imageshack (I hope that's okay?)
Its written in dutch, but i hop it's pretty clear.
An important feature is that you can add several timers on my watch, by scrolling through the colors (touchscreen) en double tapping the color where you want the timer to end, a white bar wil appear (2nd big frame on my concept poster). Eventually when the white bar reaches the indicator the timer will go off and the upper half of the bracelet will get a bit warmer to alert the user.
I hope you guys like it! I will eagerly be waiting for your comments.
grtz from Belgium
Posted 17 December 2008 - 01:55 AM
Concept: I like the concept, but it looks like that you'd have to do lots of explaining in an interview setting. I'm not sure the product comes across as informative of its own purpose.
The images are very clean and sexy, however the super-simple uncluttered design actually robs the images of some realism. It doesn't look quite real somehow. (That may be your intention, so disregard if that's the case)
The concept poster does a good job explaining features and functions, but I believe there may be a scaling problem with some of your line-art hands. The hand drawings look like they are pressing buttons on a product that is large enough to be worn around the leg.
Anyway, I'm just picking nits.... I think you did a great job!!
Posted 17 December 2008 - 03:39 AM
Is it meant to give a general idea of the time of day? Or does it tell the specific hour/minute?
Nice renderings in terms of quality, but I think you could make it more realistic with some other objects or by putting it in an environment. Maybe a photo of one of your target users walking down the street wearing one?
Finally, that light grey background isn't doing you any favors, consdiering that the watch is a very similar color. Make it pop. Put it on a colored, textureed, or a darker background.
Posted 17 December 2008 - 06:25 AM
Also, about this whole concept, honestly, MOST people can tell if its morning, evening, or night. So there is no need for that... A watch/clock is to tell time, and if it doesnt tell time, might as well as call it a bracelet. Also, how ECO-FRIENDLY is that watch? does it run by batteries? I know that those colours (they look like lights glowing in ur render, instead of just strips of... w/e) will take much much more power to run than a normal watch.
Posted 17 December 2008 - 04:03 PM
@freximus: maybe yout right about the scaling of my line-art, but I guess it's too late. The poster were to be finished yesterday for concepttesting.
@ austin brown: really great idea to make it more realistic, but again its too late for me to change that . On the other hand, my "watch" is what it's all about...not a phone or jewellery box but I get your point. A picture with a target user wearing one would indeed be better!
It wasn't my intention to make a watch that showed the specific hour/minutes. Showing what time it is isn't the major function. What is? Well, to be able to insert several timers (a very abstract diary). And when the timer ends, you will know because the bracelet will warm up.
@ Taro: about the fonts and general layout. This was a groupproject, the layout was set for all the groupmembers and so it wasn't I who decided what and where unfortunately. And I've been thinking about power-usage and batteries, but this wasn't part of the project. The technical part was not that important.
Again many thanks for the comments! More are always welcome!
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