This afternoon’s announcement of Google’s developer preview for Android-powered smartwatches brought a lot of scintillating video to our eye sockets. We had young hip dads checking sports scores while bathing their kids; young hip bicyclists getting directions on the fly; and young hip surfers getting jellyfish warnings (those exist?) at the beach – all using wrist-mounted devices that, like the actors, looked almost too hip to exist. In fact, that’s what Stephen Schenck reported when Google’s announcement went live: the devices on display in these videos were’s actual hardware, but more like “generic mockups.”
But in a rare case of reality living up to fantasy (in looks, anyway), our dreams are actually coming true. From the improbable camp of the soon-to-be-Lenovoified Motorola comes the Moto 360: an impossibly cool smartwatch that summons memories of the company’s old AURA.
Like that bygone luxury phone, the Moto 360 sports a circular display – not just a square panel shoehorned into a round casing, mind you, but an honest-to-goodness circular screen. It looks to sport a metallic casing with a stem-like control protruding from the side, and it will come in “a selection of styles,” according to Motorola. If Google’s teaser materials are to be believed, the device will come complete with “Ok Google”-style voice control and may also feature motion-based gesture controls. Best of all, it’s slated for a summer 2014 availability, with initial rollout taking place in the US.
More on the Moto 360 as we get it. In the meantime, drop your comments below, wearable supporters and lambasters alike, and let us know what you think about the smartwatch that “[does] all of this, and still looks like a watch.”
Update: Motorola is hosting a Hangout tomorrow (2pm Eastern) where you’ll be able to get all the latest info on the Moto 360.