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These Stunning Smartwatch Concepts Will Make You Want One [PICS]

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Over the past several months we have seen many iWatch/smartwatch concepts, but none as stunning as the one from Gábor Balogh, a freelance designer from Hungary. Unlike a lot of concepts we have seen so far, this watch design takes a timeless design and fits it with the best of modern technologies.

The concept design is based on Swedish watchmaker Triwa’s Havana timepiece. Balogh said:

“In this concept the UI does not have a predefined style, but it would match the housing. Only the navigational patterns have to be taken into consideration.”

After releasing the concept design, Balogh was interviewed by The Verge to explain the details of the design. In the interview, Balogh said he likes technology to be seamlessly integrated into a product.

The concept does not utilize a touchscreen or voice control, instead it uses the buttons and the bezel around the watch to navigate around the user interface. The bezel is key to the design allowing users to achieve certain tasks by spinning the circular bezel, acting almost like the one found on the Nest Thermostat.

“I like products with discreet technology. When they serve me, my real needs, and make my life easier rather than simply changing my days. They’re just ticking away in the background, making your life easier.”

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Of course, Balogh is not an engineer so before the watch could be manufactured, some technical issues would have to be overcome. The concept brings a classic design and advanced functions, which is something we hope to see Apple incorporate into their rumoured iWatch.

Apple is expected to introduce an “iWatch” later this year and is rumoured to be heavily focused on health and fitness. Along with the iWatch, the company is reportedly working on a “Healthbook” app, expected to be released alongside iOS 8, and will allow users to see the data and information that is collected by the wearable device straight from their iPhone.

[via Behance]

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  • George

    That is absolutely beautiful! I would buy it in a heartbeat.

  • WatDah

    YES! This is what it should look like and what it should be! A subtle companion to your mobile device, without taking anything away from the core use of each other. This is something I’ll buy!

  • johnnygoodface

    Let’s hope Apple is heading THAT way

  • Definitely looks pretty nice.

  • ChrisSheild

    Excellent example of quality design. When people ask what is the point of having designers come up with products, as opposed to starting with what’s technically possible form the engineers I will show them this. I’m on the engineering side of things and am constantly telling my team to hire or contract a designer. This is why. If a company starts with a concept like this and then gets it to work, they will save so much time that would have been wasted trying to make something like Samsung Gear thingy that would probably sell much worse. I still think Apple will go a different direction than what is shown here (probably towards a Nike band type design), but I like this concept a lot for the higher end market. Very nice.

  • Anon

    Looks like a normal sized watched to me. Anything smaller, would be considered too dainty or female watch.

  • rob0302

    Finally an image of a smartwatch that I would actually buy.
    If you’re gonna name it a “smartwatch” then it should look like an actual watch.
    All the past concepts i’ve seen looked more like they should be called “smartbands”.

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