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Motorola job listing hints at mysterious wearable technology

Motorola smartwatch division may be at it again
Motorola could avenge the short-lived life of Motoactv

Motorola may be soon saying "hello" to a new head of its wearable design team, as indicated by a recently discovered job listing involving wearable technology.

"The wearables design team will lead the establishment of our brand in the massive competitive and growing space of wearable connected products," noted the job ad spotted by TechCrunch.

The company hints that it wants to start its wearable tech efforts anew, as this Senior Director of Industrial Design will "create a new world-class wearable's design group within Motorola."

That role will be based in Chicago and go to someone with at least 15 years of work experience in the design, tech, consumer product or apparel field.

The vast amount of experience Motorola is seeking could be a sign that the company has a lot to prove against its wearable technology rivals.

Tracking Motorola's past tracking efforts

Motorola's continued interest in wearable technology shows that its MotoActv watch might not be a one-time deal.

Its ill-fated smartwatch included a GPS fitness tracker and was also a music player running Android 2.3.4.

While the technology could connect to a smartphone, it was limited to Motorola phones and was rather expensive when it launched in early 2012.

Hello, Moto competitors

The fact that Motorola may be gearing up for entry (or reentry) into the wearable devices market isn't a big surprise.

Apple is said to be releasing the long-rumored iWatch, and its closest competitor, Samsung, may beat it to the wrist with a Samsung Gear smartwatch.

Then there's Asus, Foxconn, Intel, Acer, Sony, LG and Pebble Watch all wanting to show up to the same party wearing pretty much the same thing.

Taking a slightly different approach is Motorola's parent company Google with Google Glass, which makes Motorola's ambitions in the wearable technology market especially interesting.

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief Editor who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the ripe at of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 600,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.