This season, any early-adopting technology freak is wearing something bleepy and sync-y on their wrist, aren't they? (Next season, of course, they'll be going for something more low-key, such as the Activité, from French firm Withings.) And this is the Moto 360, aka Google's smartwatch, described as the best-looking smartwatch so far. The thing is, the Moto 360 actually looks like a watch, albeit a mighty large, shiny and bright one. And the most astonishing thing? It was designed by kids. (Not the complicated back-end stuff, obviously, but the firm asked some children to draw a watch and they all drew a round one — so that's why it's round — definitely not square.)
It is unmistakeably Google-ish, obviously, and runs on a version of Android called Android Wear. You can check your emails on it, have a look at what your social media contacts are saying. You can use Google Maps, check the weather, look at your texts, control your music. In short, it's a very capable extension of the Internet-filled smartphone in your pocket. There is only one slightly odd design feature about it, and that's the black bit of space at the bottom of the screen. But that "flaw" was unavoidable because that's where the display drivers live, says Motorola. At least, until Sharp's Free Form Display tech gets adopted by the tech giants for future iterations of their products.
At the moment, Samsung and LG have both brought out their own smartwatches, and everyone is waiting for the iWatch, which we are pretty sure should be arriving before the end of the year. But at the moment it looks like it will be a battle between the Moto 360 and whatever Apple is busy with in their secret Cupertino labs.
Why do I bother saying this while no one has the foggiest idea what Apple's smartwatch will look like? Because Apple has dictated hardware for almost two decades now, and despite all the naysayers writing the company off, you can almost certainly expect that whatever they do reveal come reveal-day — whenever that is — it will be impressive. One of the most interesting points of view I ever heard about Apple's working practice was from Nest's founder Tony Fadell (who was one of the founding fathers of the iPod). "When you're in a culture that has a point of view, and drives to launch everything it does, you know you're on the hook and you'd better bring your best game every time." In short, done is not better than perfect, which was Mark Zuckerberg's original mantra at Facebook.
Via The Verge