From Head to Toe

The new Moto Hint (from Motorola) is a smart bluetooth headset that is smarter than it looks because it hints (sorry) at a real future of connected technologies worn on the body.

This will make me sound old, but here goes: Image you have a big smartphone in your pocket, a smartwatch on your wrist, and a smart bluetooth headset in your ear. Now imagine your phone rings (this is the part where I sound old – people using their phones to talk). You glance at your watch to see who is calling, you tap to accept the call, and you just start talking (into your headset). OK, so maybe you are young and you get a text on your watch and just want to send a quick voice message back. Rather than looking a little silly by talking into your watch, you can just use your headset to record the message. Granted, it might seem a little weird to people around you that you randomly say something like, “Pizza at 6 sounds great, see you then”, but nothing is perfect.

The Case

Honestly, then case looks a little goofy, but it makes a lot of sense, because:

  • It charges the headset to keep you going all day
  • It makes it big enough so you won’t loose it

The Wood

MOTO-HINT-walnut-540w37iwbteNo. If you think hardwood dashboards look good, you are wrong. And stupid. They don’t. They look silly (at least in modern cars). Having LEDs and electronic buttons and knobs sticking out of a really over lacquered piece of wood in your car does not add luxury, it just looks dumb. One of the joys of buying a cheap Toyota is that I don’t have to have that shit in my car. Modern cars should be made with modern materials and not try and pretend like they are horseless carriages.

Oh yeah, so my point here is that the little wood panel on the Hint is embarrassing. The new Motorola has been doing a really fine job with design, but apparently, they still need someone on their team that can veto demonstrably silly ideas.