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The Google Time Smartwatch is a concept device that I would immediately buy

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I’ve been interested in the idea of a smartwatch ever since the concept first started becoming popular, but as of now have yet to find a device that I feel would actually work for me. Of the current options, all are too expensive for the features they provide, and each has its own drawback that has made me put off even giving one a try for a short time. While the concept that you see above is about as far from becoming reality as it gets, I wanted to make note of it simply because the design demonstrated is so good that it could almost instantly remove my skepticism and make me buy a smartwatch – as long as the price was reasonable, of course.

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The entire Google-based smartwatch concept was made by UI designer Adrian Maciburko, who actually made up a fairly complete set of UI elements and interactions. All of the UI elements are based off of existing Google products as well, making the entire device look like a perfect match for an Android smartphone. The concept includes quite a few different displays on two different sized smartwatches as well, and even includes gesture and navigation ideas.

This theoretical watch has a sort of Google Now view, and could potentially show some active cards on the square version. It also has features for messages, calendar events, Google+, and weather, which is all standard smartwatch fare. However, the the way it is presented on the concept smartwatch is so clean and looks so sensible that it is something that I would readily use. Whereas so far smartwatch software has always struck me as at least a little bit awkward, this concept makes the watch look perfectly natural to use, and quite elegant at that.

Obviously, part of the allure of this design is that it is presented on a nearly impossibly thin watch with an almost nonexistent bezel, which is something that I realize will have to be sacrificed for battery power, a good display, and Bluetooth connectivity. Still, I like this concept software quite a lot, and think that if applied to existing smartwatch hardware, it would make such devices much more appealing. Of course, that probably won’t happen any time soon as I’m sure there are complications I have no idea about in converting this art into software, but we can always hope. For now, I’ll be looking at current smartwatch offerings, and trying to decide whether I would prefer the square or circular version of the “Google Time” smartwatch if it ever does get released.

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[Dribble via Droid-Life]
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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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3 thoughts on “The Google Time Smartwatch is a concept device that I would immediately buy

  • Avatar of JRDemaskus

    I have loved watches since before the first digital.
    There have been all kinds of “Smart Watches” along the way.
    Today I can’t wear a watch at work, nor do I have a consistant cellular connection. And it is a PITA just to set up my BT device just for 25 min worth of music durring break.
    But I still look forward to the coming wave of peripheral devices
    Something I can “wear” but have the low power range to leave my “phone” in a cellular location, but still reach me.
    I also need some wireless earbuds Please.

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  • This UI design looks really nice – better than my current smartwatch I’ve been reviewing…

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  • When they make it, it should be powered kinetically.

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