Salutations to Qualcomm’s “Toq”
If you think that the ability to go beyond the powers of the ‘Five Senses’ ( with the sixth Commonsense ) is a peculiar privilege showered on human beings only, “Qualcomm” is out to extend such power to the Digital Society of this New Age with its “DIGITAL SIXTH SENSE”, the ‘Toq’ Smartwatch. This may not be the summit of the Advanced Tech Age, but something Qualcomm aspires to take humanity to that level ‘summa cum laude’.
Basically it is the wireless connection to our smartphone. It is compatible with Android 4.0.3 and above mobile devices; features a Mirasol 1.5″ display; MEMS technologies; & wireless charging. It is the world’s FIRST Smartwatch to enable a true ‘drop & go’ charging experience, which Qualcomm has patented as ‘WiPower LE Technologies’. It can manage smartphone calls, text messages, hook in to weather and e:mail, making reminders & various notifications – all from one’s wrist. Plus, the color capacitive touchscreen can go days before needing energy. ‘Toq’ comes with a low power 200 MHz Cortex M3 Processor which extends the battery life. It looks great in direct sunlight – the quality that makes it stand apart in smartwatch category. MIRASOL screens use reflected light and use almost no power in between screen refreshes as opposed to LCD and OLED screens.
Qualcommspeak : ‘Qualcomm’ expects customers to think of ‘Toq’ like Google Glass, a new prototype that actually not just works but also LEADS the way for FUTURE PRODUCTS using this technology. Qualcomm intends for MIRASOL Displays and Low Power Processors to be the TWIN-ENGINES driving the growth of even the mainstream watchmakers without big tech embedding, and sophisticated software & services – remembering the effects of Fossil’s Palm Watch, and Microsoft’s SPOT Watches, which collapsed and disappeared earlier.
How dear is to our wallet : It is priced at $ 350 and will be available on CyberMonday, December 2, 2013. For comparison, ‘Pebble’ the Black & White smartwatch from the start-up of the same name as ‘Kickstarter’ sells at $150. It has already sold 85, 000 units, reports mention. ‘Pebble’ is waterproof, long life, and charges via a magnetic charger like ‘MagSafe’. Another smartwatch ‘Martian’ acts as both a speakerphone & Siri interface with a dedicated Siri button. It is also economical. Can the features of the two merged in a Smartwatch ? Qualcomm is the best judge . Whether the price point fixed for Qualcomm’s ‘Toq’ is RIGHT ? Can we get something in the range of $200 or less ?
Future plan : Qualcomm is on the move to roll out the “Internet of Things Platform” ( AllJoyn ) which will connect many more devices and make our Life experience very, very special. What better than to preserve our homes with Tech enabled NEW FEATURES ? Can Qualcomm pull all our electronic gadgets at home together a la ‘corps de ballet’ in a theatre ?
Qualcomm is a necessity, a beacon to light up, and to accomplish that ‘Goal’.
” Dieu avec nous “
Wednesday, November 20, 2013. – 12.59 p.m. (IST)