Moto 360 to come with Qi wireless charging

by: Robert TriggsJune 24, 2014
Moto 360 angles

Charging up your smartwatch has to be one of the strangest things to get used to when moving over from a traditional wristwatch. At least with the upcoming Moto 360 you won’t have to worry about keeping tabs on cables and charging plugs, as the smartwatch looks set to come with Qi wireless charging.

Although the Moto 360 itself has not yet attempted to navigate the regulatory maze that is the FFC, Motorola’s SPN5845A Wireless Charger passed through the FCC last month, with the Moto 360 itself appearing as the test equipment.  There’s also mention of the Motorola Micro-USB AC connection found on the device, suggesting that it has been designed preliminary for the smartwatch.

The paperwork that accompanied the “Motorola Wireless Charger” through the FFC contains some tell-tale signs of the Moto 360, including a rather crude circle sketch, the shape of the Moto 360, which reads “regulatory information appears here” apparently on the underside of the product. If that’s a little too questionable a piece of evidence, Motorola’s own letter addressing the FCC lists the charger as a Qi wireless charging device that is “intended for use with the Moto 360 wrist-worn device”.

So we now know that the Moto 360 will come with Qi wireless charging, but it is not yet certain in what other other ways you’ll be able to charge the smartwatch. Clearly, it’s unlikely that users will have a charging dock with them at all times, so Motorola will likely include standard USB charging too.

What do you make of wireless charging for wearables? Is it an essential feature, or a gimmick you’ll likely never use?

  • MasterMuffin

    Definitely a good feature, you can just take it off your wrist and put it on the charger before you go to bed, no cable hassle!

    “If that’s a little too questionable a piece of evidence”
    “in what other other ways” :)

    • Jayfeather787

      MasterMuffin spell check service. You have a job opening for AA.

      • MasterMuffin

        :D I just like to point these out if I happen to find some. I don’t try to find them, it’s just that because I have to “process” what I read more than someone who speaks/writes English normally, sometimes my brain goes “Hey, that doesn’t sound right” and I look at it and… Or I’m just craaazy.

  • Tjaldid

    since the battery is so small the slower charge rate isn’t as much of an issue on a Smartwatch

  • Jayfeather787

    If this is the only way to charge it, it gives the watch a higher degree of water resistance, which I like.

  • Anonymousfella

    This feature is much more useful on a smartwatch. Just put it on the charger before going to bed and no messing with wires! If the charger is well designed(like a small cushion or pillow) and placed nearby, placing it everyday after opening can easily become a habit and this way the chances of forgetting to charge it are reduced. Good move, Moto!

  • MavDKM

    Is there any way that it can be charged via sunlight or human pulse just like many good watches? Just asking.

    • Keg Man

      i think i’ve read that sunlight or energy from movement isn’t enough to power a watch that does more than just tick around in a circle.

  • Yesss! Wireless charging is the useful feature. I charge my Nexus using QI wireless сharger, it is very comfortable.

    • joe

      Just curious. How is wireless charging any better or quicker. I’ll still have to take the charging station with me on trips compared to just a USB.

      • It doesn’t work quicker. It much more comfortable. You can put your device upon the charger in the evening and forget about it up to morning. You don’t need to plug. Simply: put and forget.