Moto 360


Update 2014.03.19

Wall Street Journal: Joanna Stern had a chat with Lior Ron, VP of Product Management and Wearables Lead at Motorola about whether or not Moto 360 is real. Here’s Ron’s response:

It is a very real product. I am wearing it on my hand as we speak and have been using it for the last few weeks. It’s very, very real, I promise. I am touching it right now.

I guess it’s real. And about that circular display:

It was a challenge to design. All the components have to be put in a round form factor so we used very unique materials and internals.

We aren’t sharing yet the screen size or resolution, but we thought through the size very carefully. We ended up with a size that is very comfortable. We took a hard look at materials that will convey the sense of quality. We have used metals and we are going to have metal and leather straps available.

Here’s a bit more about how Motorola came to decide Moto 360 should be circular. From The Verge‘s David Pierce and Motorola’s design chief Jim Wicks chat:

After two rounds of designs, prototypes, and tepid internal reactions, Motorola went back to the basics. Rather than reinvent wristwear or build a blocky rectangle like the Galaxy Gear or the Pebble Steel, Motorola decided to mimic what it hoped to replace: the elegant watches we’ve had on our wrists for decades. “We came to the realization that if we’re going to do this, we need to really embrace what this space is all about,” he says. So Motorola turned the Moto 360 into a beautiful, circular stainless-steel wearable that looks more like a Timex than a Moto X. Wicks says it got the same reaction from all the industry experts he showed it to: “Yep, that’s a watch.”

The round face is definitely a classic design, though that doesn’t preclude the body from being a square. One of my favorite watch design is the Bell & Ross BR 01-92.