Ryan Geraghty
[Product Designer]
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MISFIT VAPOR

MISFIT VAPOR

Smartwatch

 
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Notable Contributions:

Case design, Virtual Bezel, watchfaces, Misfit fitness app, and custom operating system.

Product Focus:

An intuitive, simplified smartwatch interface, both digital and physical.

 
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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.

 

VAPORWARe

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.

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VAPOR

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QUADRANT [WEST]

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DYNAMIC ANALOG

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QUADRANT [EAST]

A WATCH OF MANY FACES

Each watch face in the Misfit collection is designed to appeal to a different intended use case for Vapor. Though I worked on them all, I was tasked with developing three in particular due to their unique features. The default "Vapor" dial has adaptive fitness indicators that change height in real time in response to different max/min points of activity throughout your day. "Dynamic Analog" is intended to update your complications appropriately depending on where you are and what you are doing. "Quadrant" was the biggest undertaking – by tapping on one of the customizable quadrants, the dial shifts to have that quadrant as the main focal point, revealing additional information or controls for the chosen complication.

 

SIMPLICITY – A PROFILE

With the Virtual Bezel being such a strong emphasis of both the hardware and software for Vapor, only a single button was added/needed, so as not to complicate the control scheme. The single, chamfered split between the top and bottom portions of Vapor's case embraces the simplified construction method used.

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