The Moto 360 is a pretty solid device, there’s no microUSB ports and there’s no exposed connections so when the subject of how exactly we charge the device we had two options, it was either wireless charging or contained an automatic mechanism which charged the device with the users motion. With the latter likely not being able to provide a substantial amount of charge for smartwatch, so we’re left with the former. A recent FCC filing seems to confrim that idea too, stating that the Moto 360 will have a “Wireless Charger.”
In a recent test filing over at the FCC for the Moto 360, doesn’t reveal a lot of new information about the smartwatch, but what it does reveal is how the device is charged. Noted as a “Motorola Wireless Charger,” the device is a circular device “intended for use with the Moto 360 wrist-worn device.” The charger uses Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) protocol often known as Qi.
What this means is that users of the Moto 360 will simply just place their smartwatch on top of the charger and the device will charge wirelessly. Whether or not the Moto 360 is compatible with other Qi chargers depends on how Motorola has implemented the wireless charging support.
“[Motorola Wireless Charger] was tested while charging the Motorola Portable Smart Watch FCC ID: IHDT6QC1.” reads the FCC filling. “Testing was performed with the Smart Watch at three different battery levels: depleted, medium, and fully charged.”
We’re likely to hear a lot more about the Moto 360 tomorrow at Google I/O along with a ton of other information about Android Wear, a version of Android developed specifically for smartwatches.