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Qualcomm Toq Small_wn1hiuinywn5wy6pjlkhw0cgygdhhcgriozfwpkvsa_qualcomm-toq Small_wn1hiuinywn5wy6pjlkhw0cgygdhhcgriozfwpkvsa_qualcomm-toq_1 Small_wn1hiuinywn5wy6pjlkhw0cgygdhhcgriozfwpkvsa_qualcomm-toq_2 Medium_wn1hiuinywn5wy6pjlkhw0cgygdhhcgriozfwpkvsa_qualcomm-toq Posted on Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:00:00 AM UTC         
 
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Amid a flurry of text and e-mail alerts, designers tend to forget something critical about smartwatches: They still need to show the time. LCDs wash out in the sunlight, and e-ink is blank in the dark. The Qualcomm Toq’s Mirasol display is the only full-color one that’s always visible. Each pixel is a tiny glass pane; as charge moves through the screen, the pane moves to reflect different ambient light wavelengths—red, blue, or green—to the viewer. An LED provides the necessary light when it’s dark.

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