Today we were treated to an exhibition in downtown Taipei were local tech giant ASUS were showing a remarkable exhibit showing the development and evolutionary steps behind the creation of the ASUS ZenWatch. The exhibit featured very early mockups and prototypes that show the overall approach and ethos of the ASUS design team as they created the company’s very first wearable device.
The ZenWatch is without doubt one of the most attractive wearables around. We first caught up with the ZenWatch a few weeks ago at IFA Berlin, and to be blunt, it just blew us away with its curved stainless-steel case and rose-gold-colored band inset. The device has a certain style and charisma that most wearables lack, and would actually be one of the only smart watches that you would want to wear, simply because it looks more like a fashionable, cool watch than a gadget.
Today the annual Taiwan Designers’ Week Exhibition opened its doors with ASUS taking center stage. The ASUS display itself features two parts, the first being ‘Moments of Life’, an art exhibit made of concentric circles that represents the balance of design and functionality.
The second section of the exhibit featured ‘The Making of the ZenWatch’, showing various stages in the design and development of the ASUS ZenWatch, with several prototypes and early design concepts of the device. At one end you a first stage mockup made of paper, sitting next to it you find the second stage made of molded plastic. The display covers each stage of the design process, ending in the ZenWatch as we know it today.
Display cases also showed early tooled aluminum back and front covers, as well as straps and clasps designed to work with the ZenWatch. It’s certainly interesting to see the development of smart watch product, from early concept to materials choices, all arriving at a final, polished product.