The Moto 360 smartwatch with Android Wear is one of the most highly anticipated devices of 2014. Motorola and Google simultaneously blew our minds when this attractive device was announced. We’ve seen many smartwatches in the past with Android, but there is something very special about the Moto 360: it’s round. This simple design feature has captured the imagination of techies everywhere.
This is best displayed on Motorola’s Moto 360 Design Face-Off contest page. Thousands of watch faces have been entered in this contest. Motorola will soon be choosing a winner, but until then we have scoured the entries and chosen some personal favorites. Enjoy!
This design was created to make it seem like the watch is powered by JARVIS, Tony Stark’s AI computer assistant. You may not have an Iron Man suit at your disposal, but a Moto 360 with JARVIS is close enough. Fun fact: JARVIS stands for “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.”
In this design the hours, minutes, and seconds are displayed with circles that grow to represent the time. On the outside of the rings is the day of the week and the date. At the center of the face is the current weather conditions and temperature. It’s a very attractive and information-rich design.
At first this seems like a very simple and plain watch, but there is more than that. The colored lines represent events on your calendar. You can visually see how close your are to an upcoming event, or see if you are currently at an event. This is very handy for anyone with a loaded calendar.
Simplicity is sometimes an overlooked feature. This clock face has tons of it. Simple clock hands show what time it is, and a realistic-looking cutout displays the date. There is also a handy shortcut to perform a voice command.
Are you a COSMOS fan? This is the watch face for you. At the center is our bright sun, with the Earth and Moon revolving around it to display the hours and minutes. There are no numbers to show the time, making this watch a bit abstract, but it is visually stunning nonetheless.
This design is a concept for an Android Wear Fitbit app. With your Fitbit on your wrist or in your pocket you will easily be able to pull up this app and check your progress. This is super handy since most Fitbit devices don’t have displays. The 360 could be the perfect companion to a Fitbit.
One of the most common reasons for pulling your phone out of your pocket is to check the weather. Moto 360 will make this even easier, especially with this clock face. At the center is a big icon for the current conditions and the temperature underneath. Even the high and low can be found on the left side. On the right side you can switch locations to browse the weather, and up top is of course the time.
This watch face is called “Minimal & Elegant,” and that is exactly how we would describe it. Instead of the usual clock face you always see, this one uses a revolving row of numbers for the hour and minutes. It also displays the date underneath. We would love to have this on our watch.
Another take on the classic watch is this face that uses discs. The discs don’t really help you tell the time (that is done with the hands), but they subtle move and create a cool effect. We like the Tron-like design of this watch. It’s futuristic while using the classic time-keeping mechanism.
Everyone has seen the classic Mickey Mouse watch at some time or another. This guy has been around for a long time. Mickey’s arms act as the hour and minute hand which make it very fun. We would love to see a hyper-realistic Mickey Mouse watch face like this. Nostalgia is a powerful drug.
Here we have another app concept for Android Wear. This time it’s for the music service Soundcloud. There is a lot going on in this concept. Along the right side is a volume slider, across the bottom is the progress of the track, along the left side is shortcuts, and in the middle there is play and pause. This would be an awesome remote for Soundcloud.
“Hey, what time is it?”
IT’S FOUR TWENTY TWO
It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
Space: the final frontier for watch faces. The second design on our list with a space them is a little more cartoonish, but that is why we love it. This design uses clean vector graphics to show the moon, a planet, and a cute little space ship. It also shows the time, which is critically important.
“Modern Retro” may sound like oxymoron, but there is nothing moronic about this watch. It shows the time with stacked discs that have small arrows to point at the hours and minutes. If that is too difficult you can just check the digital time on the center of the screen, as well as date. Very snazzy looking.
A cute little creature on your watch at all times sounds pretty cool. But what if that creature could also interact with the weather conditions? That is exactly the proposed idea for this watch face, which has been accurately named “Motogotchi.” Hopefully this one is less addictive.
This watch is cool because it looks like something a diver would wear. Instead of specialized read-outs for depth and oxygen we have the weather, date, and battery information. You can use this watch face to feel like a marine biologist without getting your hands wet (the 360 will also appreciate that).
You may have noticed a “chin” on the bottom of some of these designs. That is something that will be in the final design of the Moto 360. In most designs it looks out-of-place, but in this one it was used in the design. The designer put it at the top of the display to make every symmetrical. It’s a very nice balanced look.
Now it’s your turn! All of the submissions can be seen here. It’s amazing how many different designs have been submitted. We can’t wait to see some of these in real life. What are your favorites from the list? Do you like the watch faces that we chose? Let us know in the comments if you plan on getting a Moto 360.