Motorola Skip simplifies Moto X unlocking

Motorola Skip

Motorola this week announced the Motorola Skip for Moto X, a wearable accessory designed to make it easier to unlock the new smartphone. According to Motorola, the typical user unlocks their smartphone 39 times on an average day while power users can do so almost 100 times. Skip is described as a “thin, thumb-sized clip that pairs with your Moto X and unlocks it with a simple tap” and “provides all the benefits of a PIN without the hassle.” This magic is accomplished via NFC.

Motorola will also include three Skip dots with each Skip. These stickers function much like the Skip and provide authentication as well as creating “trusted zones” for Touchless Control. For example, you could put a Skip dot in the bedroom. At night time, you would simply put your Moto X down on the dot and set your alarm: “Ok, Google Now, set alarm for 7 a.m.”

Only the Skip and Skip dots that have been paired with your phone will unlock it. Should you lose either, they can be easily unpaired.

Skip will initially come in gray with a black accent but more colours will launch in the fall.

Motorola Skip

Motorola Skip with three Skip dots will be available on for US$19.99 once the Moto X launches (it briefly showed up already but was pulled down later). For a limited time, all Moto X orders placed through Moto Maker (available only with AT&T at this time) will also come with a free Motorola Skip. There is no word yet on Canadian availability.

Source : Motorola