Now shipping: New-generation smartwatches
Moto 360 smartwatches are back in stock with US retailers, after selling out in only a few days after going on sale in early September. And it looks as if the Moto 360, the first of the new-generation smartwatches to market, will be on sale before Christmas in Europe, too.
Fresh supplies of the 360 have arrived in the US but are only in limited quantities, according to an official Motorola tweet:
Motorola also says the 360 will be available in Spain before the end of 2014 – which means ahead of the Apple Watch:
Among the first Moto 360 apps to catch our eye is CardsApp, promoted as the “world’s first loyalty/payment smartwatch app”. The company claims to have already digitized 1.5 million plastic loyalty cards, and counting. According to Max Brin, the company’s head of business development, “customers simply need to select a card on their smartwatch and display the QR code to the cashier”. We’re not sure that this is such a massive gain over selecting a card on a smartphone, but full marks for being flash.
Meanwhile, there’s no announcement yet on an official sales start for the Withings Activité, (which is still top of our Christmas list, in case you wondered) although more product information has come to light.
The outlet for this information isn’t the company itself, but via its official filings to secure FCC approval. This is required before Withings can sell the smartwatch in the US – as the watch uses Bluetooth LE to sync with a smartphone. The official filings,
which are open to the public, include the user manual for the Activité, which has the model number HWA01 (Update: These documents are now offline). One document even showed internal photos of the device, taken by a test lab in Saarbruecken, just over the border in Germany from the Withings HQ in Paris, France.
The manual reveals quite a lot more about the Activité – for example that by touching and holding the watch glass, the hands will move to show the pre-programmed alarm time, although this is set by the company’s well thought through Health Mate smartphone app. The Activité also comes with an “additional plastic wristband for sports” and the device is automatically able to detect whether you are walking, running, swimming or sleeping.