Sporting goods brand Charlie Pattinson and Randy Blue have made a name for themselves by creating some of the most versatile and functional workout gear around. Their newest creation, the ‘Mega’ wearable computer, refers to its size and capability, and is actually the culmination of years of experience collaborating.
Size And Capability
The Mega is the culmination of years of Pattinson and Blue’s experience in sports in Varsity Chaps, a sport accessory brand they co-founded. The brand specializes in functional and versatile running gear, and their research and development team set out to create a computer watch that worked just as well as a traditional pair of wireless headset for computer and mobile devices. The final product is a huge hit, and the pair have since opened up a storefront in Shoreditch, East London, specializing in neo-japantown inspired designs.
A Hybrid Of Apple And Android
The Mega, like most others in its category, is a hybrid of Apple and Android. The sportswear gurus respect the Apple co-founder and his legacy of creating an easy to use and intuitive interface for personal computers, and have adopted their design language for the front and back of the watch. It uses the same physical but graphic interface of an iPhone for the lock button and for interacting with the device. The watch faces are made from stainless steel and have a modern iPod touch look and feel. The front and back of the watch are made from futurist carbon fiber, while the bezel and the overall design of the watch are made from a biker patch topped with a racing flag. The sleeves are made from soft suede with metal stitching and features a flat design.
The Android version, on the other hand, keeps with the pair’s past designs by adopting a more minimalistic approach. The UI and user experience resembles that of an Android phone more than a PC one, and the only physical touchpoint provided is a pushpin that lowers the watch face when pressed. The back of the watch is made from titanium and aluminum, while the bezel and sleeves, like the iPhone, are made from carbon fiber. The sportswear gurus have also updated their logo for this new venture, and its colors, typography, and arrangement reflect the look and feel of an Android phone.
A Workout Wearable
This is a workout wearable that can handle all of your fitness needs. The chosen size and capability of this watch make it a good fit for all athletes. It is extremely versatile, since it can be used for running or working out at home or the gym. Its light weight ensures that it does not impede performance while jogging, cycling, or working out. The thickness of the metal bezel and the carbon fiber sleeves allow for flexibility of movement, and the stainless steel case provides for scratch resistance. This is a hybrid of Apple and Android, but it was made with practicality in mind.
So, how is the Mega finally constructed? The sleeves are made from a carbon fiber base with a layer of velvet on the inside and out, which helps balance out the rigidity of the carbon fiber to better accommodate active movement. This layer of velvet is finished off with stitching, which acts as a distinctive marker. On the inside of the carbon fiber layer, there is a mesh of polyethylene terephthalate webbing, which is used to tie the sleeves together. The sleeves are then sewn with a flat seam to allow for better airflow. A triangular patch on the chest piece, which is flat on three sides, serves as a marker for the men and women’s soccer teams. This is also the spot where you will find the Apple and Android logos, as well as the Pattinson and Blue logos.
This is a biker inspired design, and it refers to a style of motorcycle riding that was popularized in the 1950s and still lives on in the present day. Bikers often wear vests in colors such as red and black, which are the two most common colors used in the biker inspired designs. The two colors are used to represent the twin gears of anger and calmness, and it is thought that in times of stress, bikers will reach for the red engagement ring to signal that they are ready to take on the world. The patch on the chest of the biker inspired designs is not just for show, either. It is a place for venders to stick their health and fitness related products, such as candy and nutritional drinks, to encourage customers to come back for more.