A Concise History Of The Smartwatch

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A Concise History Of The Smartwatch

Post by Artman » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:34 pm

Are we living in the future or just a very strange past?

From hodinkee.com By JOE THOMPSON, DECEMBER 22, 2017

In November 1997, I wrote a column called “Calling Dick Tracy: Your Watch is Nearly Ready.” (It appeared in American Time, a watch trade magazine.) With the quartz-watch revolution nearly 30 years old, I noted that “a new generation of sophisticated quartz timepieces is beginning to make quartz technology interesting again.”

The watches that had caught my attention were a Seiko wrist computer called MessageWatch and a prototype of a phone watch developed by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. in Japan that would ultimately be called Wristomo. “The ‘new quartz’ trend hasn’t gotten a lot of attention,” I wrote. “But the hunch here is that the new technology is an important, if under-reported story. My guess is that it marks the beginning of the fourth major market shift of the quartz era. Each of the first three was a major revolution which dramatically altered the watch market. Whether the new-technology trend develops into the fourth revolution is impossible to know, but it could.”

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/four- ... artwatches
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