iWatch concept render based on patent filings could be more than just fan hype

iWatch concept render based on patent filings could be more than just fan hype
Nikolay Lamm is an old pro at putting together device renders for rumored Apple products. That's not to say that what he designs comes true, although he wasn't too far off with his iPad mini concept, he was pretty far off in the clouds with his iPhone 5 attempt. Well, Nikolay has taken a shot at the rumored iWatch, and he has used some past Apple patent filings in order to give the renders more potential accuracy, rather than just fan hype.

Most iWatch renders that we've seen are inspired by existing Apple products, and, as Lamm says, look like "a miniaturized iPhone on your wrist". So, Lamm looked at a few other places for his inspiration. First, he looked at older Apple patents, and found a UI patent from 2010 for a spiral navigation system, which was originally intended for iTunes or an iPod. Lamm connected that with the idea (given to him by his mom) of having the iWatch be "as simple as your old iPod click wheel". 

Lamm also looked to Apple to Jony Ive, and more importantly Ive's friend Marc Newson, who owns and designs Ikepod watches, which has some designs that Lamm thinks are "very Apple-esque", and notes that the Ikepod is the watch of choice for Ive. Of course, none of this means that Lamm has gotten the design right, but it's always nice to see concept renders that have this level of thought behind them. 

We should be seeing the iWatch sometime soon, given that reports say Apple already has 100 people working on the product, and given that Apple's rival Samsung also has a watch in the works. 

source: Nikolay Lamm via BGR

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16 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This looks so awesome. Apple continues to innovate.

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

An odd thing to say given that 1) this isn't an official render from Apple, and 2) Apple is coming late to the smartwatch game, since Kickstarter projects like Pebble are already a reality.

4. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The pebble is an accessory. I like it, but without a phone, it just a watch, it needs more than that for me to want to buy it. And i wouldn't say they're late, because they also weren't the first ones to bring the smartphones or tablets, but they were the ones to make it a successful market.

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I wouldn't expect the iWatch to be much more than an accessory either. At best, it will be a hub device that connects to your phone, and can act as an iPod nano on its own. What more do you really expect to do on a watch?

7. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Don't worry he rarely replies as he hasn't been programmed to do .. few 010010001 bits missing in the entire code :)

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I would respond but apparently it isn't in my programming.

16. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Some erratic code made you confess the other day .. that yu are a BOT ...

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not necessarily. Have you forgotten about the Nano as a watch?

15. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

That nano as a watch concept was actually third party companies. There has been no official nano wrist band from apple to my knowledge. I personally still use my nano as a watch / music player as do many others. This makes it extra surprising that Apple decided to make the nano bigger again in the last release instead of riding the wave of popularity that could have set them apart (and possibly have their stock not take a huge hit). It just makes no sense to me not making a second nano with bluetooth as a second generation. But then again very few things at Apple make sense to me right now.

17. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

lol Michael, you know he always antagonizes. It always amuses me xD

6. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

How is this innovation??? EXPAIN IT!!!! Its not like the smart watch concept has already been done and they are just jumping on the bandwagon and calling it theirs. Do you even know what innovation means?

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It took 100 people to copy from Pebble...and Sony isn't that innovation in Appleworld? ... but Sammy is also innovating :D

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31644; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I sooo want one of these

10. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

2. ramonleonjr62

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

yes right fixed bugs ^-^

12. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Why would I give up my PATEK PHILIPPE on this i-Another-Thing? ;)

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