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Qualcomm unleashes Snapdragon (photos)

The Snapdragon processor will be tucked inside hundreds of new devices, including a smart TV, a color e-reader in China, a tablet for kids that offers augmented reality, and mobile medical devices, Qualcomm says at CES.

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor will be tucked inside hundreds of new devices, including a smart TV, a new color e-reader in China, a tablet for kids that can offer augmented reality, and mobile medical devices, CEO Paul Jacobs said this morning during a keynote speech at CES in Las Vegas.
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The first smart TV with a Snapdragon processor is set for release this year, Lenovo Senior Vice President Liu Jun said.
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A new Hanvon e-reader with Mirasol tech and a Snagdragon chip is set for release in China next month. Unlike e-ink, Mirasol allows for color and can run video.
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Grover and a human pal demoed a tablet with a Snapdragon chip that can activate a virtual Bert and Ernie by putting the toys on a special playset mat.
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Bert and Ernie are apparently ready for the next generation.
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Eric Topol, chief academic officer for Scripps Health, took the stage to show off a device that can monitor pulse using an attachment and a smartphone.
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Topol also showed off a wrist device that can monitor heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and temperature. Jacobs called it an ICU on your watch.
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Here is the health monitor's screen.
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Peter Diamandis, CEO of the X Prize Foundation, announces the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, designed to create the next generation of medical tools.
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Diamandis says the goal of the $10 million prize is to revolutionize health care. The winning team has to create something that allows individuals to diagnose themselves and is fun to use.
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Jacobs was welcomed onstage by Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, and by Jabbawockeez, a hip-hop dance group that won the first season of "America's Best Dance Crew."
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Jabbawockeez dance with mobile devices in hand.
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Jacobs welcomes onstage Alistair Overeem, a mixed-martial artist and kickboxer, who was there to tout Qualcomm's work with game makers.
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Jabbawockeez also ended the Qualcomm keynote, with a costume change no less.

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