Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of mobile application processors, has introduced Qualcomm branded smartwatch in Q4 of 2013. Qualcomm Toq (talk) smartwatch, which is designed to serve as a second display to a smartphone, will feature proprietary Mirasol display, a reflective low-power display technology; wireless charging by WiPower LE technology and a true stereo Bluetooth audio experience.
“Toq’s always on, always connected, always visible wearable technology gives you a ‘digital 6th sense,’ telling you what you need to know, when you need to know it, with just a glance at your wrist or a whisper in your ear. Toq is a showcase for the benefits of the Mirasol display, WiPower LE and stereo Bluetooth technologies and highlights the experience that the wearable category can provide,” said Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm.
The introduction of this limited edition smartwatch will feature the key technologies necessary to deliver unique experiences on wearable devices. The color capacitive touchscreen display (1.55”, 288*192 resolution) is always on – similar to a traditional watch – with days of battery life before the device needs to be recharged. In fact, Toq’s power profile is so low (thanks to the fact that it is based on ARM Cortex M3 processor) that it does not require an on/off button. Recharging Toq is hassle-free, as it also is the world’s first smartwatch to incorporate the Qualcomm WiPower LE technology, enabling a true “drop and go” charging experience.
With Toq, consumers will be able to manage smartphone calls, text messages, meeting reminders and various notifications from their wrist. Developers also will be able to tap into Qualcomm AllJoyn framework to send program notifications to the smartwatch through the Qualcomm Toq app, which supports the AllJoyn notification services framework. Qualcomm will continue adding functionality to Toq through software upgrades, including integration with Qualcomm 2net platform and the recently announced 2net Mobile software. Toq provides participants of the 2net ecosystem the opportunity to deliver new, compelling ways for consumer to manage their health.
Toq also will be made available in a “premium audio edition” that features the first truly wireless stereo headphones: no wires between the headsets for listening and no wires for recharging. Another key feature of the headset is that it sits outside the ear canal for all day comfort and wearability. The Toq premium audio edition features high quality stereo sound with a dedicated tweeter and woofer for superior wide band audio. Calls can be placed with the smartphone using either of the headsets.
As this category grows, Qualcomm expects to closely collaborate with traditional ecosystem participants and new entrants to enable new product opportunities leveraging these industry-leading technologies, further driving forward the emerging wearables space.
At launch, Toq will be compatible with Google Android 4.0.3 and above mobile devices.