Design submitted by Sam from Germany.
Sam says: The Ixpansion is an analog LCD smartwatch. It uses a radial array of segments to show rather traditional watch hands in a minimalistic manner. The main feature of the display the expansion of any kind of information from the hands.
A simple but effective feature is the usage of time telling digits or words that turn the minimalistic display into an easy to read display with futuristic appeal.
The smart functions of the Ixpansion watch benefit very well from the radial LCD segments. Also here the watch hands serve as information container. They lose their time telling function and reveal the smart functions and notifiers. The menu titles and contents can be shown in a way that’s easy to understand and simple to use. At the pressing of a button all smartness retreats into the watch hands as simple as it came to sight.
As for the notifications of events, I imagine one hand revealing information about the type of event and the remaining time or the time when the event is due while the other hand could get accompanied by a time bar that gives a quick impression of the time between now and the event. If the even is more than an hour away, the time bar is coming out of the hour hand and shows the remaining time in hours. If the event is less than an hour away, the time bar is coming out of the minute hand and shows the remaining time in minutes – more precise. A similar display could work for past events or unchecked notifications. The time bar would grow backwards in time, ending where the notification occurred. Caller details and message contents could expand from the watch hand without the time bar.
Next to the purely functional displays, the planned amount of LCD segments would allow a vast variety of entertaining ones. I am giving a small glimpse. There can be alternative time displays that are super easy and functional or incredibly geeky and just for fun.
Anything mentioned above could be initiated, used or exited with cool animations of which I show some examples.
The Ixpansion is a simple watch concept at first sight but it expands to a multidimensional one when exploring it. The extra dimension is hidden in the watch hands that only reveal their contents when they are used. This could be the next generation of LCD watches with a wide appeal and a futuristic core.