Microsoft smartwatch concept puts Cortana front and center

We've known for some time that Microsoft is working on a new wearable device, and the most recent information available suggests that it will have a strong focus on the health and fitness of the wearer. We know too, from various sources, that it will be truly cross-platform, connecting not just with Windows devices, but also those running iOS and Android. 

But one aspect of the device that remains a mystery is exactly how it will look when it finally launches. Designer Nadir Aslam decided to have a go at envisaging what a Microsoft smartwatch might look like, and the results are pretty impressive. 

Clearly, the concept owes something to the Moto 360 - although, unlike that smartwatch, this one has at least been envisaged with a genuinely round display, rather than the one on the Motorola which has a bit 'chopped off' at the bottom. Its designer says that the concept watch is intended "to give you the best and most personal experience in order to make life better. Every. Single. Minute." 

From traditional clocks to more typography-heavy choices, the concept envisages multiple options for the watch-face. Aslam has put Cortana front and center - literally, in some cases, sitting in the middle of the old-school clocks or at the bottom of the display on some of the other watch-faces. And, of course, the idea is that Cortana can handle all of your voice interactions, just as she can on Windows Phone 8.1, and as she soon will on Windows Threshold.

What's most impressive about this concept is the attention to detail - Aslam clearly gave a great deal of thought to how the device might actually work on your wrist, and while some of the fonts are perhaps a little on the small side, the core ideas are grounded in reality, rather than being too fanciful or 'out there'. 

He's even given some thought to how individual apps might work on the tiny display, including Facebook, HERE Maps and Xbox Music. You can see more images from the concept on his gallery at Behance.net.

But if you like the look of this concept, prepare to be disappointed - all indications suggests that the Microsoft wearable will look nothing like this when it goes on sale, as the company is said to have created a device that's less 'watch' and more 'wristband'. Still, it's nice to dream. 

Source: Behance.net via Microsoft News | images via Nadir Aslam / Behance.net

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Smartwatch, Smartwatch, Smartwatch and Cortana, Cortana, Cortana. Visual except for HH.mm.ss (analog or digital) only if processor performance and heat dissipation allows it. Cortana has priority over other visuals.

Touch selects the whole circle or rectangular face of the watch. It is foolish to have different touch regions when people's fingers overlap regions.

I am not a "pro-Microsoft" person but these watches looks very sleek and nice. I hadn't wear any watches for many decades now but maybe if Microsoft releases these, I will get one and start wearing one.

This is simply great. Which means Microsoft will never consider doing it until they're 3 years behind Google and Apple. :-)

Ostronyx said,
According to Paul Thurrott, Microsoft's watch's display will be on the other side. I guess I would like this. :)

That's because of the sensors on the other side of the device.


Microsoft smartwatch concept - NO it is not.... :( It is designer Nadir Aslam concept of what MS watch could be like.


With your title, it sounds like MS original concept!

Getting kinda tired of "fan concept art" being mentioned with the company name to seem official. The literal topic of this story... clickbait.

Don't like some of the UI elements but if they released a smart watch with the minimalist and classic appeal of the first picture, I would be interested to see what it could do and if it would be of some use.

The text message image looks pretty bad, but overall, it's okay.
A watch like that though, should just be a watch - this is like the reverse of skeuomorphism (yes, I went there). If you're going to make a watch that's based around high tech, don't make it look like a normal watch (and yep, this comment only applies if the steel frame and leather band are what the designer wanted for a finished product)

This is a great opportunity for Microsoft. I've heard a rumour that Apple are having problems with their iWatch. Apparently it doesn't work if you wear it on your left wrist.....

It's not "Microsoft smartwatch concept", it's "Some random guy's concept of what MS smartwatch could look like". Stop misleading please.

PS looking pretty good though.

Yeah, I have a concept too. It will morph into a car and you can get into it and ride to work. When you get there, it morphs into a desktop computer. When you get off work, it turns into a spaceship for interstellar exploring in your free time. It also generates money and puts it into your bank account. I'll post renders soon...

Time you spend squinting at trying to read text messages on a watch, you're better off just getting your phone out.

Timan said,
Time you spend squinting at trying to read text messages on a watch, you're better off just getting your phone out.

If your eyes are normal, you don't need to squint at all.

FiB3R said,

If your eyes are normal, you don't need to squint at all.


Inevitably you'll have to.

When it comes to that, I guess we'll buy a bigger watch?

Kyang said,


Inevitably you'll have to.

When it comes to that, I guess we'll buy a bigger watch?

Why is it inevitable? If the screen has a high dpi, it will be fine.

I've just held my phone against my wrist, and scaled the image to the correct size for a watch (not an overly large one either) and I can read the text just fine. And that's a blurry image file, nowhere near as sharp as the actual text on my phone.

You guys are full of it.

ZipZapRap said,

Age


Good point. Most things are totally worthless then, because it's inevitable that you are going to die (Y)

FiB3R said,

Why is it inevitable? If the screen has a high dpi, it will be fine.

I've just held my phone against my wrist, and scaled the image to the correct size for a watch (not an overly large one either) and I can read the text just fine. And that's a blurry image file, nowhere near as sharp as the actual text on my phone.

You guys are full of it.

High DPI will absolutely help. It's just that eventually that can only help so much because of age. They could have settings for font sizes under accessibility controls like all computers have now, but of course that means less room for stuff on the screen, which is why I suggested larger screen sizes.

So I figure things will play out like smart phone and tablet screen sizes. Phones started small, and scaled up, tablets, vice versa. I'm curious which way these watches will go.

Timan said,
Time you spend squinting at trying to read text messages on a watch, you're better off just getting your phone out.

I agree, reading text message is just pointless on a watch. Cortana feature if works well is cool though

Kyang said,


Inevitably you'll have to.

When it comes to that, I guess we'll buy a bigger watch?


Not so. If you look at the renders, they are roughly the same size in the pic as my own citizen watch (possibly even smaller than a standard size regular watch). You can clearly read everything on the watch from the renders. Stop spreading FUD.

Gergel7077 said,

Not so. If you look at the renders, they are roughly the same size in the pic as my own citizen watch (possibly even smaller than a standard size regular watch). You can clearly read everything on the watch from the renders. Stop spreading FUD.

I elaborated in another post above.

FiB3R said,

Why is it inevitable? If the screen has a high dpi, it will be fine.

I've just held my phone against my wrist, and scaled the image to the correct size for a watch (not an overly large one either) and I can read the text just fine. And that's a blurry image file, nowhere near as sharp as the actual text on my phone.

You guys are full of it.

Yeah, but you don't know the resolution of the photo posted versus the actually photo. Perhaps the picture was taken at a low resolution. Why would you draw these conclusions without actually seeing the watch.

I think you're throwing a little salt to be honest with you.

Besides, is this even the actual watch that MS is going to release.

uxo22 said,

Yeah, but you don't know the resolution of the photo posted versus the actually photo. Perhaps the picture was taken at a low resolution. Why would you draw these conclusions without actually seeing the watch.

I think you're throwing a little salt to be honest with you.

Besides, is this even the actual watch that MS is going to release.

It's not real, it's just concept design.

I don't know what you mean by throwing salt.

FiB3R said,

It's not real, it's just concept design.

I don't know what you mean by throwing salt.

Throwing salt means, being negative.

Figure 8 Dash said,

We need 5 inch smartwatches.

You say that jokingly, but...

The same joke was made about phones once...

With flexible screens, don't underestimate what might happen some day.

uxo22 said,

Throwing salt means, being negative.


Cool, that's a new one to me. Where are you from?

Anyway, it's others who are being negative, by saying it's worthless before it even exists, and/or not having the foresight to see how it could be a good product, if done right.

trojan_market said,

I agree, reading text message is just pointless on a watch. Cortana feature if works well is cool though

If it's a really long message, then yeah, but a quick glance to see if it's worth further attention? Or if it's just "Don't forget to get bog roll on the way home"?

Take a look at my pics, you could get about 40 words on there, if it uses the same dpi screen as my phone, and the same font size used on neowins mobile site.

If you already squint at your phone, then yeah, you've got an issue, otherwise, I'm not seeing the problem.