Tuesday, Apple unveiled three new products: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch, Cupertino’s first (and long rumored) foray into the wearables category. We asked three top industrial designers their thoughts about the new products: Gadi Amit, of New Deal Design, which designed the Fitbit and Lytro; Brett Lovelady of Astro Studios, which did the Xbox 360; and Dana Krieger formerly with Teague, now with Astro Studios’ Minus 8 watch brand. Here’s what they had to tell us.
By now, we’ve all heard about the Apple Watch, but how will you use it?
Today’s reveal of the Apple Watch put an end to years worth of speculation as to what an Apple wearable would look like. Many predicted it would adopt many of the iPhone’s gestures and behaviors like pinch-to-zoom, the ingenious interaction that would changed the way a billion people around the globe used a smartphone. But that simple gesture it’s nowhere to be found in Apple’s newest creation.
So how will the Apple Watch UI work? Since the Apple Watch hands-on demo is actually just a video loop on the watch screen, we did our best to piece things together from the presentation today.
Can Apple’s new wearable device fix all these problems?
I’ve been using several different smartwatches over the past year. And what I’ve learned is that they are all great—at first. But after using them for an extended period of time, the simple frustrations that often get overlooked by early adopters become a plague of problems.
I keep pretending the current smartwatch market is fine because it is progressing somewhat. But now I’m a little scared. Because Apple just might announce a smartwatch at its September 9th event. And if the company that made the modern smartphone appeal to the mass market can’t get wearables right, it may stall the entire sector for years to come.
Here are the problems with the existing crop of smartwatches which I’m looking to see if Apple can address, either directly or indirectly, when they take the wraps off their iWearable.
In 1977, the company introduced a pioneering, unsuccessful — and eventually legendary — high-tech timepiece.
Answer calls and translate speech with this smartwatch from SpeechTrans.
Google first teased its interface for wearables by releasing a video back in March. On Wednesday, the Silicon Valley search giant showed off more of Android Wear at its annual I/O developers conference, along with the first smartwatches that will run the software.
Meet the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has removed his music from Spotify, saying that “new artists won’t get paid f***all” while “shareholders are rolling it in.”
- Spotify responded to Yorke’s claim, saying that it pays handsomely and is “having a hugely positive effect on artists and new music.”
- Word on the street is that Apple is beefing up its iWatch staff and prepping for an ‘aggressive’ development of a smart watch.
- The British royal baby hasn’t even been born yet but it already has an app.
- Microsoft just cut the price of its tablet by a third. This move is a hint that it is struggling to gain traction in the tablet market.
Have a great day!
Now available at Best Buy: The Pebble smartwatch
In the dark hours last night, the Pebble project broke the previous Kickstarter funding record of $3.3 million. And still the backers arrive. The project has 31 days left to run, and at the time of writing it has $3,428,933 in funds and nearly 24,000 backers.
Read more about how Pebble is proving that the reports of the wristwatch’s death are greatly exaggerated->
The wristwatch is dying, right? Nobody even wants a “smartwatch.”
Wrong: Allerta raised $3 million in less than a week for its iPhone connected Pebble.
"We’ve been working on smartwatches for years—I think they key was iteration. It’s a very personal device, as people wear a watch and it’s constantly in contact with them. You wear it to bed, you wear it when you’re eating and when you’re working." Thus design was absolutely key to Pebble, and Migicovsky complimented his indistrial designer Steve Johns, who "spent a lot of time looking at what people wear on their wrists, and how we could make something that could be customizable, and beautiful and small and sleek."