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Smart Watches in 1981

2014-04-15 17:52:41.910498+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Time: This 1981 Computer Magazine Cover Explains Why We’re So Bad at Tech Predictions, has a Robert Tinney cover from Byte Magazine of a smart watch in which a guy is inserting a micro-floppy.

So for all of the whining about bad predictions, that miniature floppy is just about exactly the same size as a modern microSD card.

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#Comment Re: made: 2014-04-15 23:18:27.103995+00 by: Mars Saxman

I'm still not sure what people think a smartwatch would *do* which would make it worth carrying around.

I haven't worn a watch since I got my first cell phone.

#Comment Re: made: 2014-04-16 03:26:58.959338+00 by: Shawn

I (as usual) seem to be in the minority, but I'd want it to basically be an alert mechanism - through vibrations, lights, short text notifications, etc. - for my phone. I could also imagine it being useful for collecting data (like GPS, exercise, heart rate, etc.) and syncing that with the phone when it's back in range.

#Comment Re: made: 2014-04-17 15:45:50.141506+00 by: Dan Lyke

The main issue I have right now with the phone (or tablet) is that it lacks a good input mechanism. A watch suffers from this even more.

I don't have a whole lot of things in my life that want alerting, and I'm not even managing to do a good job drawing information from the data I'm already logging, so... there's some infrastructure thing that's still lacking here. We're in the Newton days (of Google Glass, and watches, and...), a long way off from the iPhone.