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SlideshowPics: Motorola's New Gadgets
Sarah Thomas
9/5/2014
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CHICAGO -- Motorola launched four new devices on Friday: the next-generation Motorola X smartphone; the Moto G, an update to its best-selling smartphone ever; the tiny Motorola Hint Bluetooth; and the Moto 360 smart watch.

To unveil the new devices, Motorola Mobility LLC invited reporters to its Chicago headquarters for an in-depth look at what goes into making its devices, from the nitty-gritty engineering to the design aesthetics, to the fun stuff (i.e. smashing phones on the ground in the name of testing). (See Motorola Mobility Revives Its Gadget Mojo.)

Click on the image below to launch a slide show of Light Reading's behind-the-scenes tour of Moto's sprawling 75,000 square feet R&D facilities. (See Slide Show: Moto Mobility's New Chicago Digs.)

 

Everything Is Awesome!
This has nothing to do with Motorola, but interesting sculptures made out of donated cans welcomed visitors to the Merchandise Mart as they boarded the elevators, at least proving what a hip area Moto has set up shop in.
This has nothing to do with Motorola, but interesting sculptures made out of donated cans welcomed visitors to the Merchandise Mart as they boarded the elevators, at least proving what a hip area Moto has set up shop in.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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9/9/2014 | 8:56:42 PM
No can do
The can people haunt my nightmares. 
Kruz
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Kruz,
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9/6/2014 | 5:47:55 AM
Re: Hint, Hint
I tend to agree. While this looks slighty better than the regular earpiece, it is still bulky and feels like a hearing. People will fear wearing this as they we look ridiculous in a way. And pricing wont help as well: better looking tiny chineese blutooth earbuds are sold for 10$.
mhhf1ve
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mhhf1ve,
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9/5/2014 | 5:06:48 PM
Re: Hint, Hint
Yuck. It's not quite small enough. The Hint still looks like a bluetooth headset -- and still has the drawback of having people shouting to themselves, looking like crazy homeless people dressed nicely. 

To me, it looks like a fancy hearing aid, maybe? And maybe I'd actually consider getting one if it actually was a fancy hearing aid!

I've been disappointed with most bluetooth headsets.. I got a Jawbone way back when, and it didn't live up to its hype at all. Noise reduction was just OK at best, but I still had to scream and couldn't hear a thing if it was windy outside.
sarahthomas1011
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sarahthomas1011,
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9/5/2014 | 10:54:22 AM
Hint, Hint
I really want the Hint Bluetooth. It was discrete enough to avoid looking like a tool and fully voice controlled. Of course, it works best in conjunction with the Moto X, which was also quite cool. I wonder how well all the voice controls work in the real world though. They can sometimes be a bit buggy, and both of these devices really relied on voice.
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