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Thoughts on the Moto 360

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Moto 360 : 

 

My original post: http://techalways.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/moto360/

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What runs moto 360?

To kick things off, let’s see why the moto 360 exists and what it’s based on. Recently, Google releases their dedicated OS for wearables, obviously based on Android known an Android Wear.

 

reservation_animated.gif   The interface for the OS seems rather similar to that of Google now, their search assistant. And there isn’t much to complain there. The “card” interface which we have seen on phones has been nothing but clean and very adaptive to the particular individual using the device. The voice commands are also recognized fairly instantly and there aren’t many situations where we would think that we would be better of just doing all this the old way. Google now has been significantly useful.

So basically this goes without saying that the interface should be pretty good. Google has also introduced several additions to the “things Google now can do” list such as traffic updates powered by Waze, a company that Google acquired a few years ago and also music playback commands.

To add to this, Android wear will also include a few of the common applications that any typical smartwatch has in this day and age such as a something I like to call a “workout-o-meter”, which summarizes everything from distance u run, speed, heart rate, calories burnt, and the works.

The Developer preview gives us a peek of the features to expect in the final build such as,

  • Receive Voice Replies

    Add actions to your notifications to allow users to reply by voice or touch. The system delivers the text to your app on the phone.

  • Add Notification Pages.

Add additional pages to your notification that are visible on the wearable device to provide detailed information on the wrist.

  • Stack Multiple Notifications
    Your app should consolidate similar notifications. On a wearable, you can stack them together so the details for each are immediately available.

 

So that gives a pretty basic idea of what the Moto 360 is based on.

 
 
Okay, So why is this smartwatch special ? Why are people talking about it so much ? What does it have that makes people expect it’s arrival ?
 
The answer might seem stupid but the fact that this smartwatch is “round“is the reason for the aforementioned questioned. If u notice, all of the smartwatches on the market today are square, but that isn’t really what the classic watch was like. Motorola have taken an simply fascinating approach to taken the classic watch with it’s elegance and supreme sense of status and made it smart. Nothing else.
 
 
Introducing the Moto 360

 

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When we started to think about what we should do in terms of the design of the watch, we really went back in time,” explained Motorola’s Jim Wicks, head of consumer experience design. “This is all about reinvention of the modern day timepiece. We decided if we’re going to do the Moto 360, we’re going to do it round.”

Hear the design story of Moto 360, a modern timepiece, from the people who made it.

 

 

 

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First smart watch I'd almost consider. They'll have to make sure the bands are changeable though.

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how are you reviewing something you dont own ..........

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how are you reviewing something you dont own ..........

 

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It looks a little big to me. but Im not a fan of large watches though I probably haven't worn a watch for 10 years

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how are you reviewing something you dont own ..........

The guy wants to be Marques Brownlee, let him.

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As long as it has wireless charging, and Android Wear isnt a pile of poo i will be picking one up. It would be nice if it was sub $200 AU as well.

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Smart watches aren't very cool.

From what I can tell you aren't gonna glimpse at your watch because the scene after you are going to definitely crash

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My main concern with this one is the screen, for me a watch needs to be high-res and always-on, because I would want a smartwatch to be the exact same as a regular (albeit pricey) fashion watch but with the added 'smart' functionalities...

Also, any word on battery life and wireless charging? 5 Days is kind of a must.

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I WANT IT NOW!

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  • 3 weeks later...

Rumor is that they'll be using an always-on OLED display on the watch. 

Is anyone else worried about the potential for screen burn-in if this turns out to be true?

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I want it!

n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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I think this would be the first smartwatch that could catch the crowds, because of it's simple and common design. I also think the option of having a classic watch face would appeal to many who might want a sophisticated design with smartwatch functions

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Smart watches aren't very cool.

From what I can tell you aren't gonna glimpse at your watch because the scene after you are going to definitely crash

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My main concern with this one is the screen, for me a watch needs to be high-res and always-on, because I would want a smartwatch to be the exact same as a regular (albeit pricey) fashion watch but with the added 'smart' functionalities...

Also, any word on battery life and wireless charging? 5 Days is kind of a must.

I totally agree with always on, but high resolution isn't really necessary. You're not playing games or anything on it.

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If glancing down for a second makes you crash, you shouldn't ride bikes.

 

I totally agree with always on, but high resolution isn't really necessary. You're not playing games or anything on it.

That's not what I'm getting at, I just dont want to see a blocky clock like there is on the pebble etc... 300 ppi would be just fine

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That's not what I'm getting at, I just dont want to see a blocky clock like there is on the pebble etc... 300 ppi would be just fine

It's funny, the Pebble isn't even that low. It has 138ppi. Which is higher than what you'll get on a Macbook or iPad Air. Higher resolution generally means lower battery life.

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It's funny, the Pebble isn't even that low. It has 138ppi. Which is higher than what you'll get on a Macbook or iPad Air. Higher resolution generally means lower battery life.

Yes, that is of course the downside... but I refuse to buy a smartwatch if it displays a blocky clock; that just kills it for me. Then again, that is just my opinion.

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Yes, that is of course the downside... but I refuse to buy a smartwatch if it displays a blocky clock; that just kills it for me. Then again, that is just my opinion.

By the looks of it you get to choose...blocky is only one of many options.

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It's funny, the Pebble isn't even that low. It has 138ppi. Which is higher than what you'll get on a Macbook or iPad Air. Higher resolution generally means lower battery life.

I'm pretty sure the iPad Air has a 264 ppi and the Macbooks have a 227 ppi display

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My thoughts on smart watches: USE-LESS.

 

Spend the money on a beautiful, analogue timepiece that will last for 5 years on a single charge, and will look incredibly classy while never needing to be upgraded :)

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My thoughts on smart watches: USE-LESS.

 

Spend the money on a beautiful, analogue timepiece that will last for 5 years on a single charge, and will look incredibly classy while never needing to be upgraded :)

IMO buying an analogue watch is a waste of money. I have something that tells me the time.

I mostly want a smart watch to control my music/podcasts as inline remote headphones that work with android is lacking. I really wish that android phone manufacturers could decide on a standard for that stuff.

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Spend the money on a beautiful, analogue timepiece that will last for 5 years on a single charge, and will look incredibly classy while never needing to be upgraded :)

 

 

 

I want a company to make a good looking classic analog timepiece which has subtle smart watch integration. I don't want or need a touchscreen with quick replies and a heart rate monitor. I want something that will tell me when I get a notification, a social media update, an email or a phone call. Then I know I have a notification, in a meeting I can have my phone on silent and when I get out I know weather I have got a notification. I want something I can where around the office, not some cheap square watch (Pebble) but a thing of beauty and engineering!

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