Case design, Virtual Bezel, watchfaces, Misfit fitness app, and custom operating system.
An intuitive, simplified smartwatch interface, both digital and physical.
The Virtual Bezel
Instead of covering the "dead space" around the display with a traditional metal bezel, we extended the touch-sensitive area beyond the visible display and developed a "Virtual Bezel" interface that allows for a more intuitive and unique experience with the watch. Users can navigate and control apps with the space around the visible screen, thus not blocking significant sections of the display with their fingers. To encourage use of this new mechanism, the non-display portion of the crystal is frosted to draw attention, provide a visual and touch indication of the control area, and prevent fingerprints on the heavily trafficked areas of the crystal.
I headed the development of a custom operating system specifically for Vapor from a UX/UI standpoint. Every element, from the navigation hierarchy and Virtual Bezel controls to edge-case error messages and behaviors, was outlined and under development before our eventual partnership with Google and conversion to Android Wear. In total, sixteen unique apps were created, four of which – including the custom Misfit Fitness App – were carried over during the conversion.