The Moto 360 will support Qi wireless charging

Moto 360
By Derek Kessler on 23 Jun 2014 03:20 pm
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We've yet to see the Moto 360 come across the FCC's testing docket, but its charger? That just scurried across the test bench — with the Moto 360 itself in tow as "Test support equipment". Normally a standard plug-in charger would not find itself under scrutiny from the FCC, after all they're all about things that transmit through the air. Which it would seem this very Qi charger does.

The Motorola SPN5845A Wireless Charger, classified as a Part 15 Low Power Transmitter Below 1705 kHz (operating specifcally at 112-205 kHz) shuffled through the FCC gauntlet last month. Apparently it's named quite simply "Motorola Wireless Charger", though that it's been tested exclusively with the Moto 360 smartwatch and the Motorola Micro-USB AC adapter tells us that this is meant primarily for the Moto 360.

Heck, the basic "regulatory information appears here" sketch shows a device with a circular bottom, which matches nicely with the circular shape of the Moto 360 itself. Motorola's own letter addressing the FCC lists this as a Wireless Power Consortium protocol (you likely know it as Qi wireless charging) device that is "intended for use with the Moto 360 wrist-worn device."

There you have it: The Moto 360 will charge wirelessly. We can't tell you if it will charge in other manner — we're hopeful to at least have a Micro-USB option for when we're traveling and only carrying one cable, but having a dedicated Qi dock for the watch will be something quite nice indeed. Heck, unless it's some weird shape to hold the watch, maybe any Qi charger will work.

What do you think of the Moto 360 supporting wireless charging?

Source: FCC; Via: Lilliputing

8 comments

Teejai80

That is exactly what I was hoping to hear. Just makes this watch even more desirable for me now.

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mallow1998

I hope they don't require a proprietary charger...

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bizzyqu

Qi is an open standard, so any Qi charger should work in theory

bizzyqu

The more devices that embrace Qi the better, it really is a great tech and would love to see it become a standard.

dmedesha

I like the idea. I just hope you can physically place the watch on any standard Qi charger. I can see where an uncooperative wrist band could prevent the watch from being close enough to a typical flat charger surface to work.

Teejai80

The agent just lost the one thing it had still cool about it.
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At least I will have a spare charger now.

chefmorry

The Moto 360 is looking more and more like my next SmartWatch purchase. Looking forward to more details later this week. Also looking forward to the rumored Samsung AndroidWear announcement.

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LoganSix

I agree, the Moto is closer to what I see a smart watch should be.