Buy a new smartphone, and on the spec sheet you’ll find no shortage of sensors: accelerometer, magnetic field sensor; hell, you might even have a barometer. And with so many of these sensors living within our hardware, and many of them as commonplace as they are, it’s easy to gloss over them, not really giving them a second thought. But as we expand mobile tech into new form factors, it might be worth giving sensors a closer look, since not all of the ones we’re familiar with have been making the journey. As we look forward to the launch of the Moto 360 later this summer, new details emerge that help explain how the smartwatch will outdo its Android Wear peers in the sensor department.
Do you have your phone’s brightness set to “auto?” If so, it’s using its ambient light sensor to measure the brightness of your surroundings and is dialing up or down screen brightness to compensate. But of the Android Wear watches we’ve seen thus far from Samsung and LG, neither offers an ambient light sensor, rendering them unable to intelligently adjust their displays.
The Moto 360, on the other hand, will ship with a light sensor. News of this detail is just making the rounds now, but the info stems from a hands-on at last month’s Google I/O conference.
As if the circular display wasn’t enough to have you excited, you can add this to the growing list of reasons to look forward to the 360’s retail debut.