Moto 360 FCC docs answer wireless charging questions


Are you excited for the arrival of Android Wear hardware? You should be, especially with all the news we’re likely to get out of Google I/O this week, including (hopefully) confirmation about when devices like the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 will go up for sale. Last week we briefly looked at how the G Watch will get its power, checking out a pic of the wearable that seemed to suggest a clip-on cradle will attach to its rear set of contacts, allowing for the attachment of a Micro USB cable. For the Moto 360, on the other hand, we’ve been expecting a much more exotic charging system – but what exactly? Motorola had told us that the wearable wouldn’t feature a physical charging port, so what we would we get in its place? Wireless charging like Qi? Some sort of kinetic system like self-winding watches employ? Today we get our answer, courtesy of the wearable’s FCC certification.

Considering how obtuse some FCC paperwork can be, the Moto 360’s documentation is refreshingly straightforward. The watch is specifically referred to by name as the Moto 360, and the files clearly show it being evaluated for its wireless charging operation. In the attached cover letter, Motorola mentions the watch using the Wireless Power Consortium protocol, which means Qi support.

The only real question that remains is what this charger will look like. We get a model number, SPN5485A, but that doesn’t turn up any hits in our searches. Presumably, it won’t be long before we get to see this guy in the flesh, but for now we’ll just have to settle for confirmation that it indeed exists.

Source: FCC
Via: Android Central

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