About a year ago, I was thinking about the pain of carrying around all sorts of different gadgets, and realized that the wrist watch was such a great idea. Here was a specialized gadget that could do a fair number of things, but never made it feel like you were "carrying" around anything extra - as it just attached to your body in an unobtrusive, yet highly accesible way. At the time, I wondered why (other than size limitation) other devices didn't try to take advantage of that concept. It seems that some are trying. Fossil has announced a new watch that includes Palm's operating system. While it's only a first generation offering, I could see how such a thing could potentially catch on. It certainly makes it easier to carry around a Palm device - though, the smaller screen may make it seem less worthwhile. However, the possibilities down the road, including some sort of wireless connection could make the "wrist watch PDA" a lot more interesting. Of course, this Fossil watch certainly could fail (and I'm sure many people expect it to) - so I wonder if that will scare off others from experimenting with wrist watch-based ideas.
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