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Designer Gábor Balogh Asks, “Why do Smartwatches Have to Look Futuristic?”

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There is no denying that Android and the mobile world are in the midst of a wearable technology craze, with every OEM trying to figure out what makes a smartwatch look and function well. Samsung’s Gear watches or Razer’s Nabu project are taking it into the futuristic realm, but why not try and keep it closer to the timepieces that we already wear on our wrists? Gábor Balogh thinks it is possible. 

In a post on his Bēhance page that features a concept for a much more classically designed smartwatch, Balogh asks why are we throwing out the years and years of watch design for smartwatches? His design certainly reflects the typical look of an upper-class watch, but would function just as well as any smartwatch that has been announced to date. By keeping the watch’s dials that set time and date, Balogh found a way to control your apps and screen without smudging it. The bezel also responds to touch for even more interaction.

Gábor watch

However, the face of the watch is not actually a traditional watch face. It would feature a screen that could easily swap between different apps like weather, music and health related information. The design looks great and there are surely people out there who would jump at this over something like a Gear 2 or Gear Neo. If you are more interested in the design, check out the source link below for Balogh’s full description.

How much would you pay for a smartwatch like this?

smartwatch concept

Via: Gábor Balogh
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  • viewthis66

    brilliant. i’m down for this.

  • Anthony

    Should also partner with citizen Eco drive. Could save room with a very small battery and then like the Eco drives it gets it power from light.

  • trumpet444

    I’m all for this, if possible

  • Ahku Droid

    Now this is a sexy smartwatch.

  • Sean Lally

    Analog hands and I’d buy it (even if they were just displayed on the screen).

    • cns2007

      Follow the source link.

      • Sean Lally

        Guess I hadn’t scrolled all the way down. Thanks for the pointer.

  • James Johnson

    Uhh… Where do I swipe my card? I’d totally rock this!

  • Mark G

    Shut up and take my money!!

  • e_droid

    This is beautiful

  • http://www.gorecording.com/ Nicholassss

    I would buy that in a second. No one would know it wasn’t a Timex weekender haha.

  • flyinggerbil

    ideas like this are why we have kickstarter, right? make this happen, brah.

  • Rand Paul 2016
  • NastyEmu

    Now make it super efficient so you can use something like Citizen’s Eco-Drive to power it. I don’t want to have to remember to charge my watch.

  • jbdan

    Now this is more like it! Thank goodness :-)

  • Ed Chan

    Yes please!

    • Maxim∑

      one more time please! didn’t see the first to images

      • cizzlen

        Ok

  • Tiago Pestana

    EPIC EPIC i totally prefer this design

  • Cesar

    For such a watch I would pay all my dollars!!

  • gambit07

    That actually looks awesome, I would purchase

  • Adrynalyne

    I’d drop 600 on it if implemented correctly.

  • http://www.failuretodream.com/ lostboardmayhem

    Just out of curiosity, are there any actual circular shaped monitors out there now? As much as I like the look of this and that Google Now watch I keep wondering how to program for one

    • http://ryan.snook.us/ Snook

      Yup

      • http://www.failuretodream.com/ lostboardmayhem

        I’ve seen that before but the Nest felt like bezel on that is big enough that it could actually be a rectangle behind it. I’m not saying I think you may not be right, it’s just the watches are edge to edge screens

  • Adrynalyne

    Now this is something I would be very interested in.

  • the.cyber.trekker

    I buy that!! If the price was REASONABLE…

  • Tommy V.

    DUDE. This is something I would consider so long as it could display a regular watchface while not in use. Then flash notifications like the Moto X!

  • enigmaco

    Still want one with a metal band

    • Intellectua1

      I think a metal band would kill it’s elegance, I’d have to see it.. Just my opinion though..

      • enigmaco

        The right metal could look nice or a ceramic band would be nice as well. Just never been a fan of leather or plastic bands.

        • The Narrator

          Definitely not Faux leather, either.

          • Intellectua1

            Yes and definitely I could never do Faux leather, though genuine leather straps aren’t expensive so I don’t see this coming with faux leather..

        • Intellectua1

          Every time I think metal band I think Breitling. Big, bulky, and glittery. Black ceramic would look great. I’m just not into shiny metal (with the exception of Breitling) unless it’s gold (not that a gold band would look nice on this)

        • http://www.gorecording.com/ Nicholassss

          Nice real natural leather that ages and patinas its self on your wrist with wear. A mans watch.

          • enigmaco

            To each their own my friend.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    $450 if water resistant and stainless. No leather. $600+ if 200m waterproof. Battery would be an issue with that it looks.

  • Jon Soucy

    if this actually comes into fruition, it will be the first smart watch that I would consider and probably end up buying (~$500)

  • cwillen

    because I know you all were waiting for this…

  • Rodeojones000

    I like it. And sticking to a more traditional watch look is the reason I’m a fan of the Martian Passport. If a designer can implement the look of an actual watch with the functionality of a full smart watch I’d have no problem paying $400-$450 for it.

  • AUSTEEEZZZ

    Like it

  • Jason Downing

    These are beautiful

  • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

    finally someone who gets it…i would actually rock that thats a nice looking watch

    • thejoker

      who gets it? Pebble ?

      I mean like, this isn’t new….. Everyone in tech world talks like he re-invented the smartwatches.

      • archercc

        Gets the concept. Mainstream people arent going to want a nerdy looking calculator watch. The Pebble is CLOSE but still doesnt look like a jewelry watch, this is MUCH closer

    • cizzlen

      This is definitely my idea of a smart watch.

  • MrBouche

    You know, I like this more than other smart watches. It’s very aesthetically pleasing. What I would pay for it (if I could) depends on it’s specifications. functionality’s a little more important to me than design. Just a little. ;)

  • imHOWIE

    Great idea! That looks really stylish. That’s definitely something smart watches are missing. I could see myself wearing something like that.

  • James_Kernicky

    This guy’s a fan

  • Avi Faitelewicz

    Why does everyone always forget that Casio makes normal (digital) looking smart watches already?

    • Grayson

      I don’t think anyone forgets. No one knows in the first place. What is this watch you speak of? Hopefully you aren’t referring to the G-Shock.

      • Avi Faitelewicz

        The Casio GB-6900B. With a battery life of 2 years.

        http://world.g-shock.com/eu/en/ble/products/

        • Grayson

          Functionality looks extremely limited compared to watches like Pebble and Gear though.

          • Avi Faitelewicz

            Indeed, but some of us aren’t looking to take pictures, use maps, or see the weather on our watch. Some people would like a watch that also shows us notifications from our phone and can find our phone if we lose it (also the time syncing from your phone is pretty cool). I think it has just the right mix and if nothing else, you still have the watch itself which is perfectly worth wearing in its own right if you like g-shock watches.

          • Nick

            But its garbage wrt aesthetics (imho), so I’m not surprised that most people have never heard of this. I have a phone/PC/any electronic really that can tell me the time/notification/etc., if I’m going to wear a watch it has to differentiate itself through craftsmanship and design.

          • Avi Faitelewicz

            You are obviously not the audience for it. It’s for people who value the durability and robustness of a g-shock watch. If you want it to look fancy, look elsewhere. There’s a lot of people who already wear a g-shock though and that’s who this is for.

          • Nick

            I understand completely who this is targeted for. You asked why people ‘forget’ about this watch and my point is that because of it’s design it is catering to a more niche segment of the market (purely an educated guess but one I stand by) who wear G-Shock style watches and therefore it is not surprising that it is relatively unheard of.

          • Avi Faitelewicz

            My point is that it’s a smart watch that looks like a normal watch (g-shock is less niche than you might think). That’s all. And that whenever I hear a title asking what if smart watches could bebe like “normal” watches, I wonder why people forget about casio.

            To me, a digital watch is a normal watch.

          • Garrett

            Which is exactly why your original statement about the G-Shock looking “normal” doesn’t make any sense. It looks like a normal digital watch, no one in their right mind would wear that thing unless they want to go running or swimming, the design on this page may not be currently feasible, but the point was to show a watch that actually looked like a classic watch but had great capabilities.

  • Zachary Coles

    This is what we’ve all been waiting for!

  • ckruppy

    Now that is a smart watch i would actually wear! and i am the last person you would see wearing one of these smart watches that are currently out.

  • Intellectua1

    I love the brown strap. It makes it look like a Panerai luminor

  • Jonathan

    Why has no one done this yet? I thought America was good at capitalism…

  • The Narrator

    $250 tops. Looks good, but not “money” good.

  • Rafter

    That’s hot

  • http://bjunity.org/ Bill B

    I would buy that. Most Definitely.

    My guess would be around $400-$500 — a good anniversary, holiday, or ‘I’m sorry’ gift, lol.

    • WAldenIV

      I would start acting like every possible slight, dig, or misunderstanding was a crime against humanity if I got $500 “I’m sorry” gifts out of it.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    YES!……. Saw this over at the verge but really didn’t read any of it… I thought it was their mock up. That’s why reading is important. But this looks beautiful. Only if we could get something like this.

  • litobirdy

    i recommend clicking on the source link so you can see a picture at the bottom with a black strap instead. looks fantastic

  • Intellectua1

    Wow that’s very nice and more of my style, I’d buy this over the Razor Nabu.. Now as for how much? This watch probably retails for about $450

  • Ben McDonald

    /throws wallet at screen

    • Collin Chapin

      LOL

      Yep!

    • Jonathan Oh

      This made my day

    • The Painter

      Unlucky you..

      Designers are not engineers. if they were they’d know you can’t fit a battery, memory etc in that.

      but hey it’s fun to watch it, like a painting.

      • Prox

        I understand what your saying about designers not being engineers, but automatic 40-42mm watches with a power reserves are heavier and bigger than most smart watches. Batteries and memory etc, can fit fine.

        • TJWaterskier

          Design engineer here: This is doable. We’re probably talking at least Gear pricing.. but doable.

          • L_P

            I wear a Nixon 51-30 and it’s a decent sized watch. Inside is mostly empty space as the actual internals are not that large. If you used a casing similar in size I bet you could cram in the necessary hardware.

          • BigFonz

            I wear the same watch and was going to say the same. It would probably weigh a lot less too.

      • Lucky Armpit

        Things are getting smaller/faster/better all the time. Give it a few years, and I bet battery life and memory will easily fit into that kind of form factor.

    • New_Guy

      hahah, that basically made my day right there :D

    • feztheforeigner

      I think you’re supposed to put cash into the CD tray

  • Jonathan Bunch

    Love it!

  • Tony Byatt

    Not bad…

  • mog386

    Skeuomorphic smart watch design? Blech. No thanks.

  • Carlos ⌘ Franco

    3….2….1…Samsung Gear 3

    • The Narrator

      I can imagine them trying to make it, then completely butchering it.

  • litobirdy

    wow i massively agree with that question and with those designs.