November 1, 2014

Moto 360: It’s Time

Motorola… ring a bell? Hmm… clam-shell, not so smart phones? Ear-piercing ringtones? Yup, that’s them… and they’re back! Sort of…

Ooooh! Aaaah! Pebble. Galaxy Gear. Moto 360. Fascinating! *snore* Wearable tech has been here all along! Don’t believe me? Think about it.

‘Wearable tech’ started with the invention of the wristwatch. Maybe even with the invention of spectacles – assuming that came first. Is it all starting to make sense? Therein lies the key to understanding why the new ‘wearable tech’ trend has thus far been a flop, categorically reserved for trendy hipster ‘I drive a Vespa and I’m cool’ types.

So why hasn’t it worked yet? Because there just isn’t enough utility gained to justify the insane price tag. Because the evolutions in technology simply aren’t that great.

How cool were those shoes that light up when you take a step? How cool were those plastic guns that go ‘ra-ta-ta-ta-ta’ when you pull the trigger? Remember how quickly you got bored of them?

The recent release of Android Wear, the latest open source OS from the Kings of the Information Age, coupled with Motorola’s consistently stunning designs, does challenge the status quo.