Moto conjures up Portal watch

Motorola today announced the winner of its student competition, MOTOFWRD, which challenged UK students to come up with their vision of the future. Ou

Motorola today announced the winner of its student competition, MOTOFWRD, which challenged UK students to come up with their vision of the future.

Our very own editor-in-chief Tom Dunmore was on the judging panel, which awarded the prize - a Bluetooth-enabled Mini car, £5,000 and an internship with Motorola – to Richard Long, a first-year Computer Science student from Birmingham Univeristy.

Richard’s vision – pictured above – was a wrist-mounted computer that draws its processing power from mesh networks and interacts with smart objects. As well as a smart black design and OLED screen, it sports a wireless connection – it could be Wi-Fi, 3G or Bluetooth – to control gadgets in your immediate surroundings and play media from anywhere.

Rich has also taken advantage of the fact that the watch is against your skin, using a sensor to detect finger movements and a body temperature sensor to tell if you’re hot or cold (and adjust the air con automatically). You’ll also be able to interact with the watch using voice recognition, since it has a speaker and mic built-in.

So much to do, so much power required, right? Fortunately not. To prevent the Portal being the size of an early 3G phone (think brick-sized), most of the processing isn’t performed by the watch but by speedy computers elsewhere - the watch simply wirelessly sends tasks as data to them. Such innovative trickery should also keep battery life respectable.

We want one. You can find full details of the winning entry – and the runners up, over at www.motorola.com/uk/motofwrd.