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While enthusiasts scream "enough already," Motorola is putting the finishing touches on its Android Wear device

The tech community is eagerly awaiting the launch of the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch, which is powered by Google’s Android Wear operating system. You could just feel the excitement during Google I/O whenever the Moto 360 was displayed. Even more telling was when it was announced that Google I/O attendees would receive either an LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live for free — there was a slight round of “applause” from the audience.
 
However, when it was announced that the Moto 360 would also be given away for free to attendees, the crowd was definitely more pumped — almost as if they had just received a truckload of loot from “Oprah’s Favorite Things.” When it was announced earlier in the presentation that the Moto 360 wouldn’t be shipping until later this summer, the crowd was ready to pull out their pitchforks.

 
There’s no doubt that style is one of the big reasons why the Moto 360 has captured so much attention from tech enthusiasts and the press. Whereas the G Watch and Gear Live look unimaginative and decidedly “geeky,” the Moto 360 tries its best to look like a traditional timepiece.
 
In a short teaser video, Motorola explains its thought process behind the design of the Moto 360 and why the round design was chosen for its first foray into smartwatches.

 
Motorola’s project lead for the Moto 360, Lior Ron, describes that the round shape is “super comfortable” and allows for “self-expression on a wrist.”
 
By all accounts, the reviews suggest that the G Watch and Gear Live perform as you would expect for products that were seemingly rushed to the market. While Motorola’s decision to take it slow with the development and release of the Moto 360 may annoy the fans that are wiling to drop $250+ for the device, it appears that the company wants to make sure it gets it right the first time and doesn’t release an unfinished product.

Source: Motorola via YouTube



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RE: This thing looks cool but...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/10/2014 12:41:48 PM , Rating: 2
This is me exactly. I used to wear a watch everyday. Now I have to force myself to wear one -- I usually just end up wearing my watch two or three times a month.

I love the look and idea behind the Moto 360, but I'm not sure it makes any sense to me have one.

I say that now, but I'll probably end up blowing my stash of credit card rewards on the Moto 360 or whatever Apple has in store.


RE: This thing looks cool but...
By retrospooty on 7/10/2014 3:04:24 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe at some point later when flexible LCDs are prevalent it will work better with a larger screen that bends around your wrist so you at least have a bigger area to work with. I don't know. Definitely a wait-and-see for me.

The obvious area where they are targeting is the health and fitness crowd for smart watches. Even then I don't know. I guess collecting data on how many steps you take and your heart rate and all that is useful. But no matter how you slice it the hardest part of working out is motivating yourself to do it, and keep doing it. Technology won't help that, you still gotta get off your butt and run. Lol


RE: This thing looks cool but...
By Spuke on 7/13/2014 8:17:06 PM , Rating: 2
I typically don't buy stuff based on looks but this thing is crazy beautiful! I may just get one BECAUSE of the way it looks.


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