The notion of Apple designing a watch is not entirely foreign, given that older models of the company’s iPod nano could be worn on users’ wrists. But it seems there is an untapped market that Apple is yet explore by tailoring its technologies to make wearable devices, like a Siri-enabled smartwatch according to one independent designer.
Federico Ciccarese of CiccareseDesign has posted a series of concept images and demonstration video detailing a ‘Siri Smartwatch’ that connects to the iPhone via Bluetooth to control your handset utilising the functions of Apple’s personal voice assistant.
Ciccarese says the device will interact with your iPhone, offering information, feedback and added functionality. In theory, users could access iPhone content via iSiri, including music (the watch features a headphone jack and side speaker grille). See the video below for a demonstration of how iSiri works.
While the design might seem radical now, wearable technology like this is tipped to be a fast-growing and lucrative market with revenue estimates of US$6 billion within the next four years, according to new research from IHS iSuppli subsidiary IMS Research.
In addition to market value, ongoing speculation that Apple is already in talks to design a watch prototype could mean that Ciccarese’s iSiri may not be far off the mark.
What do you think – is a Siri-enabled watch a good idea? And, if so, will Apple make one? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.