By Stephen Schenck | January 15, 2013 5:02 PM
Pebble may be about to make a big splash on the smartwatch market, but for as great as it looks, it’s a bit limited on the hardware side. When are we going to have a colorful, touch-responsive smartwatch that really delivers? We’ve certainly seen quite a few missteps down that alley; who could be capable of succeeding where so many others have failed? Designer Adrian Maciburko has been wondering if Google might have the chops to pull something like this off, and has cooked-up some concept renderings of how such a system might look.
Maciburko calls this imaginary project Google Time, and he offers a glimpse at how both round and square-faced Google Time watches might look. From a purely manufacturing standpoint, we’re tempted to outright dismiss the round design as being entirely impractical (not to mention wasteful) to produce, but the square design is pretty compelling.
Instead of full Android, Maciburko’s design would run a pared down UI, but still capture the same look-and-feel we get from full Google smartphone apps. With touch support, you could interact with the watch through gesture commands, or use its built-in microphone to take advantage of Google’s great voice search abilities.
Sure, we have no reason to suspect that Google is actually working on something like this, but given the emphasis on wearable electronics it’s made with Project Glass, you never know what the future will hold.