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

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, 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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20 Comments

1. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

How cool is that.......

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Cool like Antarctica.

14. Meeekr

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 01, 2014

So... not cool for very long?

2. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

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

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

3. Bukatorade

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

What bout price tag?

11. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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$

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

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

5. blueriverclay

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 28, 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.

8. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Take my MONEY!!! I WANT!!!

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That joke is seriously getting old.

9. Blazers

Posts: 763; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

15. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

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

16. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

17. mixedfish

Posts: 1565; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

18. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

20. gh0s7

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 07, 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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