Moto 360 Smartwatch Ushers Us Into the Future With a Classic Look

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2014-03-20

The same day Google introduced Android Wear—tools to help developers create apps for the growing smartwatch category—Motorola began offering sneak peeks of the Moto 360. The round-faced, very watch-like smartwatch figures heavily in a Google video introducing Android Wear. (Google says it's also working with Asus, HTC, LG, Samsung and others.) Motorola head designer Jim Wicks talked up the watch during a Google Hangout; technical glitches delayed the event, offering perfect, if predictable, joke fodder for a watch introduction. Also, Motorola added photos of the watch (shown here) to its Website. Motorola's approach is notable for ushering us into a future with a device aesthetic that looks back. Wicks, during the Hangout, pointed out the long heritage of circular timepieces, from sundials to pocket watches. But form and function must marry, and in addition to being classic, the round face offers the maximum display surface area with a comfortable fit. A square knocks on a user's wrist bones, and looks bulkier on the female wrist, making the design less versatile (a major gripe, among many, about the Samsung Galaxy Gear). Motorola hasn't shared many details, including price, but what we do know, we've shared below.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel