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  (Source: Qualcomm)
New smartwatch is a rare consume product for company who is best known for its mobile chipmaking

Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM) today announced the availability of its Toq smartwatch computer, a device which competes with the $300 USD Galaxy Gear from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) and the $199 USD SmartWatch 2 from Sony Corp. (TYO:6758).

Priced at $349.99 USD, the Toq is the priciest of the high profile smartwatch offerings.  Powered by a special version of Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system, Toq does have some unique perks, such as the low power color E-INK-like Mirasol display, a proprietary technology developed at Qualcomm and inspired by butterfly wings.  It also features wireless charging.  Basic included apps include an Accuweather Android weather forecast app, an optimized version of the Android E Trade Financial Corp. (ETFC) app, a messaging app, and a phone answering app (in case you want to talk into your watch).

The device launches on Dec. 2 -- a wild day of online shopping commonly known as "Cyber Monday".

Qualcomm Toq smart watch
Quacomm Toq [Image Source: AnandTech]

Qualcomm is best known for its Snapdragon family of mobile chips, which are a popular third party solution for tablets and smartphones.  While Samsung does produce reference platforms for OEMs integrating these chips, it has rarely actually released a device to the consumer market, making Toq a rather interesting oddball product to watch.

Both Google and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) are rumored to have their own branded smartwatches under development (under the respective Nexus and Surface brands).

Source: Qualcomm [press release]



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RE: Zero Interest
By jimbojimbo on 11/18/2013 5:55:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Even while driving or doing other eye-intensive activities?
How about stop doing those things before pulling out the phone or staring off at something? What's so important?


RE: Zero Interest
By Reclaimer77 on 11/18/2013 6:11:22 PM , Rating: 2
Are you a Luddite? Google Glass or a similar technology may one day find it's way into the medical field or any number of work-related areas that can really benefit from it.

Are you going to yell at your doctor when he's monitoring your vitals with Google Glass "OMG what's so important!!! Stop what you're doing and read my chart!!"

This is a technology community. At least act like you should be here...


RE: Zero Interest
By Just Tom on 11/19/2013 11:41:23 AM , Rating: 2
He's a Luddite because he objects to the use of Google Glass during driving?

And no, I personally would not yell at my doctor if he was monitoring my vitals with Google Glass but I certainly would at my taxi driver.


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