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The Moto 360 may feature sapphire glass and magnetic induction charging

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The Moto 360 may feature sapphire glass and magnetic induction charging
During the Google+ Hangout with Moto 360 lead designer Jim Wicks, there was a little talk about what Motorola's smartwatch would use as a charging mechanism. Wicks had noted that the device didn't have any charging ports, and he hinted that Motorola could be using something "secret" to charge the device. The rumor mill took the word "secret" and ran with it, with some guessing that the 360 could use solar charging, or even kinetic charging. 

But, a new rumor is saying it may not be anything as interesting as that. Word from China is saying that the 360 will use magnetic induction charging, which sounds like basic Qi wireless. There had been thoughts that Motorola could go with the newer Rezence charging, but that uses magnetic resonance, not induction. Though, it wouldn't make sense why Motorola would need Qi to be a "secret" since it's already in so many devices. 

The rumors are also pushing out some ideas about the display of the Moto 360. We know it will be round, and about 1.81-inches in diameter, and the new report is saying it will be OLED and covered with sapphire glass. OLED makes sense for smartwatches, and makes sense with Motorola, because it has already used the technology quite well with the Active Display on the Moto X. As for the sapphire glass, that would certainly fall in line with the idea of "premium" materials that Motorola is pushing with this device.

Of course, sapphire always presents issues with production, and the rumors have said that the Moto 360 is already having troubles with building the device. 

source: Weibo via G4Games

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posted on 21 Mar 2014, 15:51 6

1. Lt.Green (Posts: 342; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I wonder how Apple plans to top this, wearable tech hasn't been this interesting.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:26

8. ph00ny (Posts: 587; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Knowing apple and their product line up so far. Something very modern and simple

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:50 1

13. Sauce (unregistered)


= very sexy....like Moto 360. You goon.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:49 1

12. Sauce (unregistered)


I know right! Watching this sh*t is actually very exciting.

Calling all companies to the colosseum. All companies to the colosseum.
Let the games begin!

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 15:52 2

2. tedkord (Posts: 4459; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Sapphire glass? Phhht. Copying Apple.

/s

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:08 1

4. HASHTAG (Posts: 137; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


Copying Apple? Really? I hope you know that sapphire glass is used in many products; especially in many watches. :p

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:21 4

6. a_merryman (Posts: 631; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


He used /s, that means he was being sarcastic.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:30 3

9. HASHTAG (Posts: 137; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


Didn't even notice that. Lol.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 18:09

16. Scott93274 (Posts: 653; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Whatever, sapphire glass has been rumored for both watches "rumored"!!! Even if they both feature sapphire glass you can't accuse Motorola of copying Apple when Apple has yet to officially announce/reveal a smart watch of their own.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 17:50

31. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


sapphire was used on my nokia arte 8800 way back in 2007

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:07 2

3. camera531 (Posts: 127; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


@tedkord Apple hasn't done anything to be copied. Looks like they'll be the ones copying if they do anything at all...

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:09 2

5. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 391; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


What issues with sapphire? No issues when its for watches.. Half if not many of the 200$+ watches have sapphire. I have 3 watches all sub 500$ and all three of them with sapphire. There are millions and millions of watches with sapphire glass and I never heard any of their watch makers having an issue with it.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:31 1

10. ph00ny (Posts: 587; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I'm pretty rough on the watches and Sapphire crystal is not shatterproof nor is it scratch-proof.

Not sure how it compares to GG3 but it wouldn't surprise me one bit if they're not that far apart from each other

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 18:22

18. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)


There is nothing like scratch-proof(or water-proof or dust proof)!
Its just "resistant".
Sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant but shatter-prone.
Its rule of physics; harder a material is, the more brittle it is.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 00:33 3

26. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 562; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Hence the brittlenes of diamonds....

/s

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 16:10

30. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Funny, but... Diamonds generally come in the "diamond" shape, basically (forgive the crudeness) with aesthetically pleasing facets. A flat thin diamond structure would be much more brittle.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:23

7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1275; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I know a lot of people are talking about it possibly having kinetic charging, but I see a problem with that theory. If they're going to use Moto's Active Display, which I think is pretty much a given, then wouldn't the movement required for kinetic charging, along with the movement of the kinetic sphere itself, cause the display to come on quite frequently?

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 23:00

24. egainer (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)


I have active display on my phone. When I'm driving or rubbing it doesn't come on. Seems to decipher intentional movement to see the screen vs. Running or driving. When I'm driving, moto assist pops up and asks if I'm driving. I wouldn't mind an active display that looked like an analog watch, but when you unlocked it showed the full screen

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 23:51

25. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1275; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I have it as well (Droid Maxx and Moto X). The reason you don't see it pop up while either driving or running has to do with the accelerometer seeing constant movement. In a car it can tell it's moving faster than a human could so you get driving mode. If your running your probably swinging your arms as you run, and when it sees constant movement it doesn't come on for every movement which would drain the battery.

The difference between Moto360 and other devices will be simply that you'll be wearing the Moto360. A phone is picked up or flipped over, and it knows to turn on AD. Even vibration from foot steps can set it off. But wearing the device will be much different, it's going to be hard for it to distinguish when it should or shouldn't turn on AD. Now if they use a predetermined gesture, like the flip twice for camera the Moto phones use, that will be better. But otherwise there could be a lot of false triggers for AD, and the movement of the kinetic sphere inside that allows kinetic charging could even trigger it. That's all I was saying.

Personally I think its very smart using both Active Display and Touchless Controls on a smartwatch. I think it will make for a better user experience, but figuring out the human interaction part will be much harder than simply pressing a button to make use of it.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:35 1

11. PBXtech (Posts: 969; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


i was hoping for sapphire glass, just release it already!

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 17:11 1

14. blazee (Posts: 254; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


I don't want them to rush it and release it w flaws. I might get one for myself when it comes out.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 17:41 3

15. DRO_ID (Posts: 28; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)


Motorola, the true innovator in the mobile space is getting their groove back. Motorola have always been the leader in my opinion when it comes to mobile technology innovations, they just have a poor track record of marketing and delivery which improved slightly since Google bought them. As long as they use the same formula they did with the Moto X, which was complimenting Android software with their own useful features, I think they could have a serious hit here. As long as they are able to produce this watch at a price that's acceptable for a high end watch, they nailed it.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 18:18

17. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)


They better have pretty good charging + battery system in there...
Who the hell would want to charge their wrist watch every night?

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 20:02

19. Professor (Posts: 128; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Why not? I don't sleep with a wrist watch...

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 22:04

21. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 211; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Nor do I. I charge a phone and tablet every night. Why exactly is charging one more thing a big deal?

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 22:04

20. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 211; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


A device that only runs on solar or kinetic? What are people smoking? That type of tech is a long way away. A basic watch can run on just solar or kinetic because....THEY ARE NOT COMPUTERS.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 22:21

22. frickbot (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)


wearable tech is going to be like phones where before you could use a model thats a few years old and no one would notice and now if you tell someone you have a nexus 4 or iphone 4 people ask you where you are housing your dinosaur or if you just let it be free range.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 22:23

23. Scott93274 (Posts: 653; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


lol, I hope they include a find my phone feature on there so you can have your phone's alarm/ringer go off (Obviously this would only work if the phone was near by).... it would sure beat asking others to borrow their phones to call yours.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 00:38

27. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 562; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Perhaps you can have the phone alarm go off when it comes out of a certain range of your smartwatch. Can keep you from forgetting your phone as well

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 02:37

28. Scott93274 (Posts: 653; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


That could work, and also at the same time drive me nuts... maybe have the watch pulse, or vibrate when it disconnects due to proximity.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 03:16

29. alumoyo (Posts: 150; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


We've seen sapphire glass on a Motorola device before, a PHONE - so if they failed to do it on this watch, they'd pretty much SUCK! Nobody seems to remember this gorgeous creation from a few years ago:http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Motorola-AURA_id3212

None of the spec sheets ever mentioned sapphire (it wasn't a buzzowrd back then) but all the reviews did confirm it.

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