Moto 360: Motorola Launches Design Competition for Smartwatch Template

Friday, 30 May 2014 10:45 AM

By Michael Mullins

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The Moto 360 smartwatch, Motorola's upcoming Internet-connected timepiece, received some buzz last week after the company launched a competition that gave artists the opportunity to design their own templates.

The winning designers will receive one of the Moto 360s, which is valued at $250, when the smartwatches are released later this summer. The contest kicked off May 21 and is scheduled to end June 24, according to

Images for the "Moto 360 Design Face-Off," as it's been dubbed, are being posted to a Google+ community page created by Motorola Mobility. Android is one of the platforms the Moto 360 will be available on.

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For a sampling of some of the designs floated thus far, look no further than the Twitter posts by various technology websites.

An engineer with Google, another entrant in the smartwatch market, shared images this week of its Android Wear notifications system, reported.

"One of the coolest parts of Android Wear is how it extends the Android platform to a new generation of devices out of the box, without any need to update your app. If you have a notification-enabled app, those notifications will generally just work on your new wearable," Google's Timothy Jordan wrote on the Android Developers Google+ page, noted.

"It’s striking how useful these notifications are and easy to imagine how much more valuable they could get with a little bit of additional development. With just a few lines of code you can deliver even richer experiences on the wearable by using stacks, pages, and voice replies," Jordan concluded.

Apple is also said to be building a smartwatch as well. A February Bloomberg article confirmed that Apple has a team of roughly 100 engineers working on the project under the leadership of James Foster. The company has also begun trademarking "iWatch" in several countries, and patenting watch designs.

Insiders originally predicted a late 2013 launch for the iWatch, but have recently pushed back their timelines, reflecting a mid- to late-2014 launch.

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