Microsoft Smartwatch Features Cortana and HERE Maps on a Circular Body

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Microsoft may have fired about 18k people, but they’re moving into a new era and if they want to keep up with the times, they need to launch innovative devices, such as the smartwatch below. This Microsoft watch concept has been envisioned by Nadir Aslam:

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The most interesting aspect about the concept is the platform on board, dubbed Windows for wearables. It integrates Cortana in a very discrete form and adapts the likes of HERE Maps to the small and round screen experience. The watchface shows the date, time, weather and most important notification, with Cortana at the core of the experience. You can customize the Windows Phone watch with a personal background or even use the Lumia Glance feature.

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Vocal commands are supported, notifications are shown on the full screen, that can fit about 3 or 4 lines of text on it. I have figured out what the main idea here is: basically you have an UI the size of the biggest tile in Windows Phone and you swipe around it to interact with other features/tiles. Xbox Music and Xbox Video can easily fit on such a small screen and the People hub looks great on it too.

I can’t say I like this more than Android Wear, but it’s certainly a solid rival.

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[via Behance]

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  • larryvand

    Stop copying Moto 360 and Android wear.

  • Peter

    Really nicely thought out and beautiful UI! I especially like the notifications and here maps. To be honest though I would be impressed if Microsoft could make something half as good as this.

    Some constructive criticism: The rectangular based interface in the people hub probably isn’t very appropriate for this form factor and you should try and explore round profile photos.
    Also, as beautiful as they are, maybe the weather and music apps are a little cluttered?

    Great Work! 🙂