This year, for EELive! I had a little surprise that I was quite eager to share. Qualcomm had given us a TOQ smart watch in order to award someone a prize. We were given complete freedom to determine how, when, and under what circumstances someone would receive this watch.
The TOQ is a pretty cool example of a smart watch. The screen in particular was quite nice, being clearly visible under all of the light conditions we experimented in. I wore it for a day and never really felt like the screen was washed out, even in broad daylight. It connects to any Android device and comes with the standard fare of apps built in. It has a nice touch-screen interface, as well as in interesting tap-to-activate section in the wrist band. The price listed on the site is $249.
While I was able to power it up and play with it a bit, I didn't have an Android device with me, so I couldn't really utilize its features. Strangely, I couldn't actually find where to set the correct time if you don't have an Android device attached. Maybe I was overlooking it.
I don't know why I was feeling particularly difficult, but I decided that we would give it away with the stipulation that whoever won it had to do an impromptu tear-down right then and there. If it worked when they reassembled it, they could keep it!
Our lucky winner displaying his prize.
Rajeev Prasad was our lucky winner. I think I had to explain it to him three times and pull out my tear-down kit from iFixit before he realized I wasn't joking. He was a good sport, but I could tell that it was tearing him up inside to have to disassemble this fun new toy before he even had a chance to play with it.
Our weapons of destruction.
He did accept the challenge though and, hands shaking, pulled the rear cover from the watch.
So it begins!
Prying it open.
At this point, Rajeev was quite concerned. You see, Rajeev is a software engineer. He doesn't open up things like this. His hands were shaking and he really, really, didn't want to pull out this board to get a peek at the battery and the rear of the screen.
Our goal, internals revealed.
In a moment of weakness, I showed mercy and allowed him to stop. After a few pictures, Rajeev put the case back together and walked away a very happy man.
This is just one of the many reasons it pays to attend these events. You absolutely never know what is going to happen!
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