Ambidextrous Water-resistant But Not Waterproof Moto 360 Works With Android 4.3 And Above
By Judith Aparri | March 25, 2014 7:57 PM EST
During Google's Hangout session with Motorola's Consumer Experience Design, a dialogue with him lead designer Jem Wicks posted on The Verge confirmed Moto 360 went through many designs and experiments before coming up with the rounded design, which appears natural and fits both right-handed and left-handed people.
The ambidextrous phone will work with Motorola phones, but it will also work with any other Android 4.3 software or up.
To achieve the round, "modern timepiece" design Motorola went through a series of design iterations and even tested with screen-friendly square shapes prior to settling on the round design that felt more familiar and natural to watch users. The diameter is 46 mm, which should be able to accommodate a 1.8-inch diameter screen. The device can sense its orientation and flip the screen contents accordingly, which should make the Moto 360 ambidextrous.
The gear is made of stainless steel and designed to be water-resistant but not waterproof. Users will use swipe gestures and voice input. But an Android Watch device is intended to interact with a smartphone and does not have a camera or built-in features of its own.
Wicks also confirmed that Moto 360 is not for only adopters or techno savvy users, but for everyone. Google Now heavily integrated are voice commands. Similar to Moto X's passive listening feature, the Moto 360 can respond to voice commands triggered by saying "OK Google" without any specific button to press.
You'll always see the time by looking at the watch. Moto 360 also features interchangeable wrist straps for more personalized options and the watch itself will be made from "premium" materials. We expect that this will mean a pretty expensive price tag for the Moto 360 come launch in "summer 2014."
The device is card-based interface like Android Wear, which is based on the card interface of Google Now used on Android, iOS and Google Glass. It suggests we may not see skins atop the interface like we do on Android phones and tablets.
Motorola hasn't said but Wicks did give some clues about the charging thing. There's no USB interface to be seen as people don't want to see exposed electronics.
Charging details are part of Motorola's "secret sauce." The device suggests wireless charging and of the three main wireless charging groups, Motorola is a member of Wireless Power Consortium, which backs the Qi standard of charging.
The question of whether it will have a woman's edition is still in question. But Wicks suggested it will go after the widest possible audience and women buy large watches.
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