Moto 360 Smartwatch Finally Arrives

For some reason, most smartwatch makers haven’t realized yet people won’t buy into wearable technology unless it looks good. No one wants to strap clunky nerdlinger watches to their wrists. Motorola gets it thought. They’ve finally released the Moto 360, a round-faced smartwatch that people won’t mind wearing.

The smartwatch will come in black and gray in the beginning for $249. Later this year, Motorola will add two metal band options, each at $299. The stainless steel watch weighs only 1.72 ounces and features wireless charging. A Gorilla Glass screen protects you from random scratches. Other cool features include a simple flick to wake design and activity tracking through Motorola Connect.

Get one at Motorola.com, Best Buy and Google Play.

Moto 360: Google’s New Smartwatch

The smartwatch game is growing exponentially and now, Google wants a piece of the action. They’ll unleash the Moto 360 onto wrists everywhere come summer 2014. Google’s Android Wear, a modified operating system for wearables, powers the Moto 360. The watch will respond to the phrase “OK Google” and a quick flick of the wrist lets the wearer see who’s emailing or calling, remind them of upcoming events or keep abreast of Google+.

Thankfully, Moto 360 will look like an actual watch. It’ll have a round face with premium materials holding it all together. No word on pricing, but this looks like a hit.

A Traditional Looking Watch With Modern Smartwatch Functions

People love the all the functions of smartwatches, but most of the designs out there need work. A few companies are working on upping the style quotient, but so many end up looking like a smartphone wrapped around one’s wrist. Designer Gabor Balogh reimagines the smartwatch as something more traditional looking, i.e. a normal looking old school watch.

You’d have the classic watchface, but all the parts would get swapped out with smartwatch functions. A pushable bezel for navigation, smartphone functions launched by pressing the crown and pusher, a watchface displaying critical data when paired with a smartphone. And all this without the typical bulky bodies out there. Right now, it’s just a concept, so if anyone wants to put this up on Kickstarter, you’d make bank.

Pony Up About $1M And Buy Babe Ruth’s 1923 World Series Watch

Spring training’s just around the corner. Time to whet the appetite for America’s pastime. Gaze upon Babe Ruth’s 1923 New York Yankees World Championship Watch. It’s not a replica, it’s the real deal and it’s up for auction. How much? Bids are at $240,000 right now, though experts project the final bid to be around $750,000. Whoever buys this will get so much history.

The Babe held onto this watch for most his life, but then he struggled with terminal cancer. At that point, he asked one of his closest friends, Charlie Schwefel, if he wanted anything from the Babe’s collection. Like Gollum gazing upon the ring, Schwefel probably pointed to this watch with eyes wide open and said “that”.

And so the Babe gave Schwefel this 14k gold watch. The case features an artfully engraved scene of a pitcher, hitter and catcher, with a ball sailing through the air. It passed through a few hands before resting in a private collection. Maybe it’ll end up in your own collection soon.

Stylish Smartwatches That Drop The Nerd Factor By 10

Up to now, smartwatches have put function over style. It’s great having all the convenience and tech wizardry of a smartphone on your wrist, but no one wants to look like they’re wearing a smartphone on their wrist. That’s why the folks at MetaWatch have the right idea. These ex-Fossil engineers and Frank Nuovo, former Nokia designer, put their talents together on smartwatches featuring premium metals, leather wristbands, and quality craftsmanship. Look for them spring 2014 at Best Buy and other retailers.

LEGO Watches: Keep Your Wrist Kid-Like

The conventions of adulthood bring with it a ton of boring crap: meetings; bills; and drinking coffee all of a sudden becomes mandatory. Reclaim a smidgen of your youth with these LEGO watches ($85-$185) and at least keep one part of you connected with your childhood. Yes, these watches are specifically made for adults, both men and women, and feature — in true LEGO style — interchangeable parts. From analog to digital, classic black to hot pink, there’s bound to be something that looks good and tells the world you refuse to grow all the way up.

Suunto Core Brushed Steel: Break Mother Nature’s Spirit

That Mother Nature can be a cruel wench sometimes, eh? What with her storms, icy temperatures, and way-too-hard hail balls. But Suunto’s new Core Brushed Steel outdoors watch can make that sassy tart bend to your will. Equipped with an altimeter, barometer, compass, temperature gauge, storm alarm, depth meter, and a gloriously rugged new steel case, it just might be the perfect companion for an aimless jaunt through the wilderness in January.

Qualcomm Toq Smartwatch: 5-Day Battery Life Kinda Sounds Nice

One serious chink in the armor of most of smartwatches is battery life. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear? We’re hearing 24 hours. ::shudder:: That’s what makes the forthcoming Qualcomm Toq’s promised time of five days so invigorating. Designed to work with Android smartphones, the Toq will feature a color touch screen that Qualcomm says will clearly display your vital info even in bright sunlight. Plus when those five days are up, charging is done wirelessly by placing the smartwatch on its case. Now let’s wait and see about a price.