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Adafruit teardown of Moto 360 reveals maXTouch inside

In what may have been the most highly-anticipated Android Wear smartwatch to date, the Moto 360 is equipped with a bold round face, heart rate monitor, and comes in both black and grey metal finishes. During a recent teardown from the Adafruit crew, Limor Fried even referred to it as a “jam-packed watch [that’s] kind of intense. [They] basically crammed a phone into a watch.”


Upon dissecting the device, Fried reveals an MXT112S capacitive controller embedded within the watch, thereby confirming that the device is indeed powered by Atmel. “This is not a TI chip, this is from Atmel. Reason why they didn’t go with a TI chip is because TI doesn’t have a chip that does this,” she adds.


The wearable boasts a 1.56-inch, 320×290 display with a backlit LCD touchscreen. The Moto 360’s body comes in at a diameter of 46mm and height of 11.5mm, while the leather band model weighs 49g – essentially, the same weight as your everyday wristwatch. Enhancing its durability, the attractive display is protected by a Gorilla Glass 3 covering.


Like all Android Wear devices, the Moto 360 features a wake-on-wrist-flick and automatic voice response via the “Ok Google” trigger, which allows a wearer to send texts, set reminders and such. It is compatible with any Android phone or tablet running Android 4.3 or higher, and has IP67 water resistance with submersion of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. What this means: Shower, good. Swimming, not so much.

The Moto 360′s 320mAh battery should get you about a day of mixed usage. Additionally, the smartwatch comes with a pretty standard 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM, in addition to the vibration motor included for notifications. Like other smartwatches, the Motorola accessory can be connected to your mobile device using Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy.

Interested in learning more about the brains of this wearable gadget? Watch the entire teardown from Adafruit below!