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The Moto 360 features an orientation-free 1.8-inch display, and more

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The Moto 360 features an orientation-free 1.8-inch display, and more
The Google+ Hangout with Moto 360 chief designer Jim Wicks took a little longer than expected to get started, but once it did, there was some good info to be had about the Moto 360 smartwatch. We were hoping to get some information on things like specs, battery life, pricing, and release date. We only got a tiny bit on specs and nothing on the rest.

Wicks had originally only said that the Moto 360 was "not too big, but not too small", which doesn't really mean all that much.But, he did wear the watch in the Hangout, and it does look to be a good sized device. Wicks just said that the diameter of the Moto 360 is 46 mm which translates to about 1.8-inches. Wicks said that the benefit of the round design was actually that it offers the most screen real estate without compromising functionality,
The Moto 360 features an orientation-free 1.8-inch display, and more
and without causing comfort issues. If the watch face were any bigger, or were angular, it would run into problems of hitting your wrist bones. Interestingly, though probably not surprising, the watch face is "orientation-free". This means that you can wear the watch on whichever hand you prefer, and flip it to the direction that is most comfortable (since there is a plunger on one side), and the screen will automatically orient itself so it appears properly to you. 

The device has been "designed to be water resistant", but there was no more info available on that. Wicks has also confirmed that there is no camera on the device, because he said that the team just didn't see it as a necessary addition given what the aim of a smartwatch would be. Unfortunately, there wasn't any other info to be had on the specs or battery life of the device. In fact, there weren't even any questions regarding those issues. But, it was confirmed that compatibility will be quite wide. The Moto 360 (and we'll assume this is true for most if not all Android Wear devices) will be compatible with any Android device running 4.3 or higher. 

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posted on 19 Mar 2014, 14:09 14

1. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


How cool is that.......

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 15:25 3

6. akki20892 (Posts: 3661; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Cool like Antarctica.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 19:38

14. Meeekr (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Feb 2014)


So... not cool for very long?

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 14:16 5

2. HTCOE (Posts: 528; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


glad there's no camera and good to hear about the lack of usb :)

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 16:08 1

7. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I think I know where you are going....I agree. The less intimidating this is for some jobs the better.

My last job we couldnt have anything that basically had storage or a harddrive. Was the first time in a long time I seen a portable CD player at work.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 14:24

3. Bukatorade (Posts: 22; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I'm not a watch guy. I wouldn't wear a Rolex. I'm not sure if there can ever be a smartwatch that appeals to people who don't already wear watches.

It certainly can be an upgrade to existing wristwear, but not a wearable that people will adopt just because it exists and works with their phone.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 17:13 2

10. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 669; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Many people like watches, many more like traditional analog watches, this 360 moto will appeal to a lot of people as you can make it look like a traditional watch.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 14:41

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6743; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


What bout price tag?

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 17:14

11. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 669; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


It all depends on what materials they will use, what hardwear etc. I am guessing from the looks at least 200$ if not 300$

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 19:35

13. nctx77 (Posts: 578; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


$299 for the rubber band and $350 for the stainless steel. You heard it here first

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 14:48 1

5. blueriverclay (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


I am interested to know about the water resistance capabilities as well as whether it will have an embedded pedometer...Would love for it to replace my fitbit...

I wonder when Apple will respond.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 16:23

8. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Take my MONEY!!! I WANT!!!

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 19:31

12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6743; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


That joke is seriously getting old.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 17:02

9. Blazers (Posts: 249; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I agree with them regarding the camera. Unless your into industrial sabotage, or creeping out woman, there's no point. Especially with the awful lens and low megapixel count. Just pull out your phone if you need to take a picture.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 21:18

15. janis (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


this looks cool. even for me who likes classic watches, i would consider buying one.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 22:42

16. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2011; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


If the UI looks like that on standby (pictured), I hope it has a 3D dept look :) .that'll be sick..

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 09:22

17. mixedfish (Posts: 219; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


"the watch face is "orientation-free". This means that you can wear the watch on whichever hand you prefer,"

Errr, on what planet does a watch not always 'orientate' towards yourself? Think about it, no matter which arm you strap a watch to, it will always be the same.....unless he is talking about some mystery third arm or something.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 12:12 1

18. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)


the issue is with the plunger on the side of the device (which is mentioned just after where you ended your quote). it is designed to point towards your fingers while worn on the left wrist. if you take a normal watch, put it on your right wrist, the plunger will point towards your forearm and continuously poke you as you move your hands.

And, if you try to fix that by pointing the plunger towards your fingers, the 12 will be pointing towards your thumb. that is not oriented towards you, and that watch will not change. An Android Wear device will automatically flip the display so it is oriented towards you while allowing you to wear the watch as designed for comfort.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:19

19. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Now that I think about it....most, if not all watches with a plunger is designed to be worn on the left wrist.

I never realized how awkward it would be to wear a watch like that on the right wrist. I just naturally always put watches on my left wrist.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 01:37

20. gh0s7 (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Sep 2013)


I'm betting this watch may have Solar Charging and/or Qi wireless. You'd never have to plug it in.

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