If the Samsung Gear 2 is Batman, then Creoir Ltd's Ibis smart-bracelet is his Two-Face. Ibis is a conceptual smart watch which debuted today at Mobile World Congress. Its designers want to challenge any consumer perceptions about smart-watches and other wearables being cumbersome and unattractive. They call the Ibis “wearable jewelry”, and it's not uncalled for. This is a designer's masterpiece.
The Ibis presents a forging of crystal and stainless steel, inspired by the ibis, a bird whose wing tips touch together while flying with a young bird on its back. This symbolizes the “precious and personal current of information on your smart watch”. Apparently, companion devices can be that sophisticated.
In layman terms, Ibis's design combines an analogue quartz watch with a smart-watch display in a stylish bracelet. While the design is impeccable, we are sure that most customers would prefer something more understated. But, then again, what do we know about fashion?
Tech-wise, the Ibis runs on an Android platform with custom UI. It pairs both with Android and iOS devices. The smart-watch display is a curved OLED touch-panel. The device has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB connectivity. The integrated sensors are accelerometer, e-compass, and ambient light sensor.
Creoir is on the right track with its belief that fashion will be a key driver of wearable computer sales. It cites research by Gartner Inc. which states that smart watches have not achieved mass-market appeal due to the lack of innovative design. There is a considerable amount of truth to this, as evident by the release of Pebble Steel. Pebble too felt the need to dress up its unassuming smart-watch for more lively occasions than checking work emails.
As Ibis is just a concept at this point, release date and pricing weren't announced. While we're not sure the Ibis will ever materialize, it's a definitely a pleasant taste of what we can expect from wearables one day.