Recently at the IFA show in Berlin, Samsung unveiled its “Galaxy Gear” watch. Now in San Diego, Qualcomm, the industry leader that manufactures electronic chips inside mobile devices, is releasing their own smart watch, the Toq.
A smart what?
Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs is launching the company’s newest gizmo at the Uplinq conference. Toq is a smart watch which can connect wirelessly to smart phones. You can use the watch to read text messages, send out template texts, and use applications to browse bits of information such as stock prices and what the weather will be like.
This new device will also be using Qualcomm’s Mirasol technology. Mirasol ensures that the display has vibrant color and back light illumination when needed. It also uses a small amount of power, so the Toq watch can run for around five days, without needing to recharge. It even saves extra power consumption by operating in two modes: You can go into full touch-screen mode when needed, but you could also make use of a touch-sensitive strip under the display when conserving battery life.
According to Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Internet Services, the company plans on selling Toq with an estimated price of $300 to $350. Chandhok added that Qualcomm will be very pleased if the total sales reach tens of thousands of pieces.