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Reminder: Motorola is Talking Moto 360 Design in a Live Hangout Today

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Shortly after Motorola announced its new Moto 360 smartwatch, the (for now) Google-owned company told us to mark our calendars for a Google+ Hangout with the watch’s lead designer, Jim Wicks. Wicks plans to talk only design and style features, most of which we know from yesterday’s promo video and a couple of interviews that have spread around this morning. In other words, this won’t be about price, specs, or software features – you know, the important stuff.

The Hangout should be live any minute, though they seem to be having issue getting it up and live. Here is the event page.

We’ll update this post, hopefully with an embedded stream as soon as we have it. In the mean time, re-watch yesterday’s introduction video and drool. 

Update:  Video is live and below.

  • d-rock

    I think the delay was due to technical difficulties with the device itself. Their ‘Working Models’ probably crashed when they tried to do something basic, so they scratched any demonstration of it.

  • Milton

    Just another google spyware device, NO thanks

    • needa

      here i was just about to post a comment like… “in before a google hater calls it a spyware device.” but you beat me to it.

    • d-rock

      I have no doubt that iPhones are being monitored closer than Androids.

      • Milton

        Sure, but androids are easier to snoop

    • Ryan N

      it gives absolutely no addition means of monitoring than what the smartphone it is connected to has. it’s for all intents and purposes an Auxilary Screen.

      • Milton

        Yeah sure

  • epps720

    That was useless. At the very least I was hoping they would show a live demo of the watch..

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

    I’m really excited to hear about what they’re doing with the battery. It sounds like they’ve gone with a wireless charging approach, which is definitely the way to go.

  • SMD

    I know this sounds dumb but did that guy mention if it had IR capability?

    He mentioned at the end that it would be “water resistant” and has “no camera” which is fine, but I really like how the Gear2 & Neo have that IR. Not a deal breaker but would certainly be a deal maker for me personally.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      From the design aspect they are going for I don’t see them adding anything IR. It would take from the design and I don’t think it’s that useful really.

  • jakemyster84

    Only working with devices that are 4.3+ are a bit disappointing. My LG G2 is only 4.2.2, Verizon better get moving on updating to Kit Kat because I want that Moto360!!!

    • Ryan N

      considering that its verizon I would bet that you’ll get your update in time for the moto 720.

      • jakemyster84

        yeah I agree, Verizon is the absolute worst at updating their phone. The only reason I stay with them is coverage for when I travel to my parents or the cabin in the northwoods, otherwise I would be gone. I am rooted, but haven’t tested any roms at are Kit Kat for Verizon yet.

        • Ryan N

          Yeah, coverage is the only reason I stay. But thats why I got my moto x off contract, so I can jump ship as soon as another carrier comes to my area.

          • Nikuliai

            but only if it works on the same bands and in cdma :B

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Well THEN. That was a bit underwhelming…. why have all those on the desk and on their wrists if they weren’t going to show anything at all off?

    What I got from it was Wireless Charging….and it’ll working with 4.3+ devices.

    • needa

      i am hoping it is not wireless charging. seems like they would have just said it charges wirelessly. they acted like it was something new and special. i am disappointed that i never heard for sure what kind of display it was. at least we could then gauge what kind of battery life it is going to get.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Well they didn’t really tell us anything at all. Not sure how else they would charge outside of Wireless if there’s no usb port. I doubt solar if the screen is LCD.

        • needa

          there is enough juice in the body to send a signal and turn on a light. i am sort of hoping they are making a play on that. or something else that is new. i doubt solar also. i just know i have seen some amazing things on these blogs from time to time. wireless is a negatory for me. although i will still purchase if that is what it is. i just hate the excess heat.

        • jbdan

          Gshock Casio? lcd and solar are very common albeit on a totally “dumb” level watch

      • Ryan N

        yeah, all we really got was that it was “roughly 46mm diameter”. which if you ask me is more than enough. I’m assuming amoled on the display so the always on time (in white) won’t sap battery.

        • needa

          i dont think its amoled. the videos do not look amoled and he talked about how whites are important. if whites are important to a designer…
          i still think it looks like a mirasol display. was really hoping for confirmation.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Videos are all pre-rendered though.

          • needa

            true dat. i reckon i want it to be… so therefore it is.

          • Ryan N

            i do hope your right, that would be absolute best case scenario.

    • jimt

      Maybe could be solar also.

    • Sean Walton

      I hope it’s not wireless charging as well. I have a Citizen Eco-Drive watch and I think they may go this route or something similar which would be cool.

      “Citizen Eco-Drive technology harnesses the power of light – from any natural or artificial light source – and converts it into energy which is stored in permanently rechargeable lithium-ion cell. It recharges continuously in any kind of light to run forever.”

  • Ryan N

    Sammy fan boy trying to bash with the camera question..

    SMH…

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      lol why he gotta be a fan boy. It’s a fair question. The obvious answer was no, but at least someone asked.

      • Ryan N

        ha. I’m sorry. but with the press release showing there clearly wasn’t, and galaxy gear being to only one to claim that “advantage” of a 2mp camera… I was feeling lucky enough to take a shot in the dark.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    it doesnt look like a brick. im all smiles.

  • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

    just tell me where to send my preorder…i want this watch yesterday

  • cizzlen

    Glad they didn’t put a camera. I’m PUMPED!

  • Jared Denman

    Right?

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    They got Henry Rollins to host…. :P

    • michael arazan

      Well, Henry Rollins on Prozac

  • jbdan

    This is going to be an epic watch

  • JohnBergman

    They look excited talking about the fact that they can’t share battery/charging details yet. Is it possible that this watch is self-charging in some way? What do you guys think?

    • jbdan

      Possibly solar to supplement. Wireless dock/pad of some sort for primary charging. That’s my guess

    • Ryan N

      as well as evading the price. they must be excited about it being more than anyone intended to pay. lol

    • Sean Walton

      I suspect they will do something similar to my Citizen Eco-drive watch. This is straight from Citizen about how their tech works.

      Citizen Eco-Drive technology harnesses the power of light – from any
      natural or artificial light source – and converts it into energy which
      is stored in a permanently rechargeable lithium-ion cell. It recharges
      continuously in any kind of light to run forever.

  • Ryan N

    The biggest questions going into today, Battery Life, Price and Charging, “we don’t want you to know that yet”

    What a surprise…

    • The Narrator

      Because once people know how ridiculously priced it is, nobody will be excited anymore.

      • Ryan N

        Sadly thats likely the truth… though I say $199 is golden for profit and for sales. They’d kill it at that price point.

        • epps720

          How can you speculate that $199 would be golden for profits. We have no idea what the internals are let alone how much they cost to produce.

          • Ryan N

            you are exactly right, “speculate”. I would be very surprised if it costs them more than $100-$150 after all is said and done. If they’re costs are higher than that they failed straight out the gate. I’m not claiming to have inside knowledge or anything. Sorry if I eluded otherwise.

          • epps720

            Doubt they’ll go the whole “Made in the USA” push again as they did with the X as A) doesn’t look like it resulted in additional sales and B) they’re no longer an American company. China’s cheap labor is getting another boost.

          • Ryan N

            agreed. I highly doubt that it will be made in USA as well. I really feel that they will find a way to come in at a low price point though.

      • michael arazan

        I think No one’s going to want a smart watch when Glass comes out, if it’s moderately place and ergonomic in design to not stand out.

        Glass can do the same as a smart watch and more, as long as it doesn’t have antennas in it to microwave your brain.

  • EC8CH

    Right?

  • JBartcaps
  • Matthew Rebmann

    “It’s time to watch! Watch our #Moto360 G+ Hangout with Jim Wicks here: youtu.be/HpY805Zer78″

  • Bharath Kannan

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpY8O5Zer78 here is the live stream link

  • ddowner001
    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      thank you for the stream

    • Sean Walton

      That lady is going to have a sore neck LOL. She just keeps nodding yes constantly.

      • Kevin

        She’s a pro.

        • Sean Walton

          HAHA love this ^ comment!

  • BK

    They’ve remained incredibly quiet about many concrete details so far – screen size/res, battery life, connectivity, etc. So I’m not expecting much from this conversation beyond hypebeasting. Hopefully they’ll prove me wrong, though.

  • Matthew Rebmann

    Motorola tweeted at 2:17pm EST “Sorry for the delay everyone – We;re sending out a link for the #Moto360 hangout in just a couple more minutes”

  • J2886M

    Been trying last 15mins, meh

  • Matthew Rebmann

    I can’t get into the hangout either. been trying for 20 minutes

  • Curtis

    The hangout is not currently working… at least not for everyone. Looking for a workaround.

  • Sean Kirkpatrick

    can not connect to the hangout. Tried many times

    • The Narrator

      Oh well