The future of the smartwatch, according to kids

We asked kids across Britain to imagine a smartwatch of the future. From holograms to mood sensors and even time-travel, our young artists set their imaginations free and blew us away with their ideas.

19 Mar 2018

Fifty years ago, who would have imagined all the things a watch could do today. More than just a portable way of telling the time (and a stylish accessory to boot), with a swipe of a finger it can connect you to your friends, your photos, your music collection…even to your own heartbeat.

So, we asked ourselves: given another fifty years of technological progress, what might our smartwatches be capable of?

Instead of researching what’s being planned for the next-generation of smartwatches or peering into a crystal ball, hoping for a glimpse of our horological destiny, we asked the actual next generation what they thought the future might hold.

And boy, does the future look exciting.


By Karina Davies 

“My watch takes you to the past, present and future,” writes Karina Davies (12), who has come up with a device that whisks you through time and space.

With Karina’s watch on your wrist you’ll be able to discover your future-self and anticipate your future-mistakes; or travel back in time to meet your idols from bygone eras. Karina’s clearly a history student as well, because she notes that the time-traveller would help with homework. Instead of writing about history based on what you’ve learnt off a chalkboard, you could bring back a first-hand account to class.

Dance Watch

By Mason Carruthers

In the future, we’re all going to be able to let off a little more steam thanks to Mason Carruthers (10), who has come up with a watch that looks like a Fitbit but is more at home on the dancefloor. “You point your watch at your friends,” Mason writes, “and it can play their favourite song.”

There’s a button to trigger the lights, a fully-fledged dancing app and an option to – get this – call for pizza. No matter where we are in the far-flung future, there’s no turning away from delicious pizza.

World Wide Watch

By Reneh Miller

The World Wide Watch by Reneh Miller (11) makes a bright, bold statement but its reds and yellows are more than simple window dressing. No, the triangles change colour depending on your mood.

Reneh clearly has a finger on the digital pulse. She’s come up with two ideas we think will be a feature of watches in the future: a holographic projector and a self-charging feature. The hologram makes it easy to speak to friends, while the watch charges any time you’re not using it. A brilliant idea. Who wouldn’t want to say goodbye to cables or charging docks? 

What’s more, she’s packed in teleportation, shape shifting, knowledge acquisition and even the ability to change the weather.

Amigo 3000

By Benjamin Long

Amigo 3000. On its name alone, Benjamin Long’s (10) creation deserved a place on this list. Amigo 3000 isn’t a watch at all, but an AI assistant that can see and talk and travel anywhere on its “magic wheel”. If you do need to know the time, however, the Amigo can oblige you day or night because it’s powered by a mini wind turbine that generates electricity on-the-go. The upshot is that Amigo never needs to sleep, nor do you have to pop the hood and fuss around with batteries.

We not only loved the drawing, we loved the inventiveness of the ideal: A personal assistant is the next logical step. Good thinking Ben!

Spacecore 2.28

By Thomas Mowatt

Thomas Mowatt’s (10) work has all the hallmarks of an engineer-in-training. There’s the judicious use of pencil, the carefully plotted lines, the unerring attention to detail. We were mightily impressed by the handiwork, and that was before we even investigated what the watch can do.

The Spacecore 2.28 has an egalitarian streak: it can translate any language, and it can fit any wrist thanks to a “lightweight SpaceCore mouldable magnetic material.” Thomas, we suggest you trademark that entire phrase.

A lot of the features are built into the watch strap. There’s a ‘volumaniser’ to turn anything up or down (a great name and a great idea. Who else has noisy neighbours?) a lie-meter that flashes when someone’s telling a fib, and a feature dubbed MOOD that can make you a lot happier with just the touch of a button.

These budding illustrators did a sterling job, pairing grand ideas with expressive designs. There’s no way of telling exactly what the future holds, but we think holograms, mouldable magnetic materials and mood sensors are all great shouts. 

Thanks to everyone who sent in ideas and well done to our five featured contestants. You’ve had your work interpreted by a professional illustrator and you get £100 to spend at your local Currys.

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