I've had a vision for a while of what a great wrist-mounted device would be, and I really hope it's what Apple has come up with. What are your dreams for tomorrow's announcement?
A band — not a watch — with a landscape-oriented screen on the inside of the wrist. The orientation is perfect — it matches the dimensions of existing iOS notifications, so all alerts can be sent to it without any redesign needed. The long lines that a horizontal display allow are key: a square or circle display requires many more line breaks and so provides much less information density than a landscape display.
The inside of the wrist is great for notifications because it's private — with a standard watch the person next to you sees the sext from your husband before you do.
Now do me a favor and look at the inside of your wrist as if you're reading said sext. I find it an incredibly natural motion and I think you will to. Reading the outside of your wrist takes far more twisting and tension than reading the inside.
The inside of your wrist is also visible while you're on your phone or device. Meaning you can still get value from it while you're playing Angry Birds, something that's impossible with a traditional watch design.
There are issues with this design for sure — the biggest I see is the discomfort of a chunky band on the inside of your wrist while typing. Maybe it's super low profile, maybe it's really easy to twist it around so the screen is on the top of your wrist.
But I think the inside of the wrist is compelling enough to warrant a serious look.
What do you think?