Here's a project worthy of inclusion in a textbook on industrial design. Benjamin Hubert's Layer studio has taken a well-established object, the watch band, and redesigned it with less parts by exploiting the properties of their chosen material. The LABB (Loopless and Buckleless Band) has had repeating positive and negative patterns injection-molded into it:
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As a result, the wearer can simply snap it shut at a diameter of their choosing, sort of like giant-size Velcro:
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And here's what it looks like in action:
As it stands the LABB will only fit the 42mm Apple Watch, but manufacturer Noomoon is toying with the idea of creating a version for the 38mm.
The LABB has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, though there's still 12 days left in the campaign if you'd like to snag one. They're expected to retail for $77 (to honor us at Core77?) and at press time there were still some $58 early-bird units left.