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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 Reclaimer77 on 11/18/2013 8:25:21 PM , Rating: 1
Wtf are you talking about? They put infotainment systems and giant 7" displays in cars where the driver actually has to take his eyes completely off the road to view.

Google Glass is way less distracting that that. You NEVER lose focus.

RE: Zero Interest
By Strunf on 11/19/2013 7:33:34 AM , Rating: 3
What do you care about the 7" display, hell it could be even 40" for as long as it isn't between your eyes and the road, knowing that today you don't have to pass a stupidity test to get your driving license chances are people will start reading the news or watching some youtube while driving, Google Glass brings 0 improvements to the driving experience while potentially bringing a load of safety problems.
Mobile phones (including with hands free) are already a plague with many people getting killed cause someone was on the phone, I don't care if you're on the phone and kill yourself against a tree or a wall the problem is when you take someone else with you.

With Google Glass it could be even worst as our brain will focus on what your eye is looking to and forget everything else.

RE: Zero Interest
By jRaskell on 11/19/2013 8:00:47 AM , Rating: 2
You've obviously never used a Heads Up Display.

Also, stupid people are going to do stupid things regardless. Using that as an excuse against the proper use of new technology is asinine.

RE: Zero Interest
By Reclaimer77 on 11/19/13, Rating: 0
RE: Zero Interest
By Strunf on 11/20/2013 8:24:58 AM , Rating: 3
You fail to see the difference between technology that is made to help you and technology that is there for your entertainment, Google Glass is more of the second than of the first, sure it could be used to help you by conveying USEFULL information, but the fact remains people will mostly use it to read the news or something else, it's always like this, anyone arguing that Google Glass will improve safety is fooling itself, for 1 person using it as driver assistant there will be 10 using to read the news.

I wouldn't have any problem with Google Glass if the moment your car starts moving Google Glass would turn into a HUD and not allow you to change its mode.

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