A Palm On Your Wrist

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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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dorpus says:

back in the 80s....

They had calculator watches, pac-man watches. How successful were they?

Portable game consoles came and went too — they were considered a serious noise problem in the early 90s, and people feared a future when no place would be safe from the blips of portable gamers.

They had tiny TV’s in the late 80s/early 90s too, which seems to be making a temporary comeback based on the LCD/Plasma/whatever novelty technology concept.

Mike (profile) says:

Re: back in the 80s....

Are you saying that because the pac-man watch failed, this is doomed as well? I would think that a PDA wrist watch has a bit more value than a pac man watch. As I said, I have no idea if this particular watch will succeed or fail, but I think there is something to the idea of putting these things on the wrist, because it gets rid of the “where do I hold it?” problem.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: back in the 80s....

Basic problem: who wants displays so small?

There is an under-served market for people that like to have nice big displays. People with less-than-perfect eyesight hate miniature devices. Even people with good eyesight strain to see the tiny displays in sub-optimal lighting conditions.
A wristwatch-sized PDA epitomizes the annoying too-small displays.

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