What mystery power source will charge the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch?


Shortly after hearing about Motorola’s Moto 360 Android-Wear-powered smartwatch yesterday, we shared with you news that Motorola would be holding a Google Hangout this afternoon to give you a little preview of what to expect. The event wrapped-up last hour, so now we can bring you a rundown of just what Motorola had to share.

Despite this very public discussion of the Moto 360, Motorola isn’t revealing all of its secrets just yet. Instead, we get a few answers (even if sometimes partial ones) to some select questions, but it’s still a lot more than we had yesterday.

For instance, we get some confirmation about compatibility. From the nature of the Android Wear announcement, we were sure under the impression that these smartwatches would be a lot more compatible than the limited number of devices watches like the Galaxy Gear support, and that’s just what Motorola said about the Moto 360: it should work just fine with Androids from any manufacturer, so long as the device is running Android 4.3 or later. Granted, that still accounts for less than 15% of Android models at the moment, but it could have been much worse.

We should see some degree of waterproofing (even if just minor water resistance), and learn that there’s no camera hidden away, but the most fascinating tidbit from the Hangout might concern how the Moto 360 gets its power: it won’t feature any physical charging port, micro USB or otherwise.

Right now, Motorola isn’t willing to say exactly how it might be charged, but all the plausible options sound pretty cool: we could be seeing anything from wireless induction to a kinetic generator (though that’s probably a long shot, considering how much juice the watch would likely need). However it ends up working, we’re excited.

Source: Motorola (YouTube)
Via: Android Police

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!