Smart watch has never been as hot as now. But Pebble and Apple wasn’t first-here’s a look back at the entire 35 years of smart (and less smart) watches over the years.
If only a few months, Apple will venture into a completely new product category for the company with the hyped Apple Watch. But Smart watch is not a new concept, quite the contrary. Smart watch’s history: namely, all the way back to the 70s.
We have listed the most memorable bells as seen the light of day in the last 35 years.
1976: Pulsar Time Computer Calculator
Widely considered as the first Smart watch, but also a decorative ornament. The most luxurious version of the watch cost 2 100 dollar (about 18 000 at the time) and was 18-karatsguld. The watch had a red led display, and a built-in calculator that could only be used by using a stylus. A version in stainless steel was launched in 1977.
1980: Casio C-80
It’s fun to try and put themselves into a time where clocks that could make simple computations were considered groundbreaking. Believe it or not, but it was when the first calculator watches were released. Casio C-80 was released in 1980 and was perhaps not the first watch with a built-in Calculator, but first calculator watch that spread to the masses. Casio C-80 was sold originally for $ 75 (about 650 dollars), which corresponds to about 250 dollars (just over 2000 dollars) today. Unlike Pulsars clock could C-80 be used without a stylus.
1984: Seiko RC-1000
RC-1000 from Seiko was innovative in that it could interact with traditional desktop computers such as the Apple II models, IBM machines and even the Commodore64. Of course, this cooperation will not be done wirelessly without using a plugged the cord by which users could move simple data such as PM to watch. In retrospect it might seem comical to watch come with a floppydisk filled with the necessary software. Another interesting thing is that Seiko RC-1000 only had 2 kilobytes of RAM.
1995: Timex Datalink 50
Timex Datalink was produced as a joint project of Timex and Microsoft. The first result, the Datalink 50, took a step beyond what it was smart watches funktionerna by communicating with computers wirelessly. This allowed the user to move information such as schedules and PM to watch. DataLink 50 had an LCD screen and could save up to 50 phone numbers.
1999: Samsung SPH-WP10
2001 beat IBM and Citizen Watch their heads together and created the IBM Watchpad. It weighed just over 40 grams, used the Linux operating system, included 16 MB of flash memory, and a 320 x 240 screen.
You may recall that handheld computers were very popular during the early 2000s? This resulted to Watchpad were categorised as a handheld computer that could also be used to control a computer using Bluetooth. Interestingly, included prototypes of the model also fingerprint-and röstigenkännare, but unfortunately never came this prototype out on the market. Although the existence of a number of trade shows, became the work of the clock delayed then quits completely in 2002.
2003: the Fossil Wrist PDA
Fossils may be best known for the usual bells, but in 2003 they gave out the Fossil Wrist PDA. The watch cost 250 dollars and included a touch screen with a virtual keyboard. Wrist PDA used the Palm OS operating system, which let it interact with computers as well as use a number of applications.
The watch also has a timely buckle that can be used to keep a smaller stylus. Packaging contained a number of different options to the clock face and clock battery held one to two days. Fossil launched a series of sequels to the Wrist PDA during the next two years, but the company discontinued the production of the watch in 2005 due to poor sales and very positive reviews.
2004: Microsoft Spot
That Microsoft once tried to make a own smart watch is probably most forgotten. 2004 Microsoft collaborated with a number of watchmakers such as fossils and Swatch to create a smart watch with touchscreen named Microsoft SPOT, which stood for “Smart Personal Object Technology”.
Functionally demanded at a subscription to Microsoft’s proprietary MSN Direct Network (which used FM radio signals) in order to have access to Windows Messenger and receive individual news articles such as headlines, sports scores, weather maps and share prices. In the end, it included the MSN Direct Network for free, something that did not prevent the clock from extinction. Production was discontinued in 2008.
2007: Sony Ericsson MBW-150
Sony Ericsson MBW-150 was launched around the same time as the first Iphone debuted. It came in three different styles, and could pass on miscellaneous notifications (such as incoming calls and sms) from a mobile phone. The clock could also control the music on your paired phone via Bluetooth. The MBW was not Sony’s first attempt at a smartwatch without was sequel to the Sony Ericson MBW-100.
2009: Samsung S9110
Samsung launched an innovative product in 2009 named Samsung S9110. Bell phone had a 1.76-inch display and included a built-in MP3 player, voice recognition and Bluetooth connectivity. S9110 ‘s aesthetics would later re-emerge with Galaxy Gear a few years later. Cock Tracy fans may love the watch, but it never managed to break through to the big market.
2010: IPod Nano, 6th generation
Although not marketed as a smartwatch came 6th generation Ipod Nano with a set of dials to choose from, and may have been the first indication that Apple a day would embark on smart watch marknaden with full force. Although they were not officially approved by Apple launched many comfort strap for Ipod Nano.
2011: Wimm Watch
Wimm Watch was really meant as a Starter Kit for developers rather than a product for consumers. The goal was to using a modified version of Android as the operating system to start your own range of apps based around the clock. Wimm was only on the market for a short period despite a positive reception. 2012 the company was bought up by Google and Wimm Watch was discontinued.
2012: Sony Smartwatch
Sony Smartwatch is now in its third generation smartwatch and launched for the first time in 2012 as a wrist worn touchskärmsenhet in order to be used as a second screen for Android phones. The forwarded data such as sms and Twitter notifications while it offered control of the music player.
The original Sony Smartwatch sold for $ 149.99 and had a 1.3-inch OLED screen. Although the watch certainly could use apps meant the reviewers that the whole thing was an awkward and non-intuitive history. Sony has still continued production and last november launched the Sony Smartwatch 3 with built-in GPS, NFC functionality and a 320 x 320 display. It is sold at the time of writing for 249.99 dollars (approximately 3 700 SEK), making it $ 100 cheaper than the cheapest Apple clock.
2012: Pebble Watch
2013 launched Pebble Watch with the help of 10.3 million dollars (about 90 million dollars) from sponsors on kickstarter. What makes Pebble attractive is that it acts as a sort of second screen for a paired IOS or Android device by using Bluetooth. The user can quickly review their sms, emails and incoming calls. The clock can also forward messages sent on Twitter and Facebook.
Depending on the device can also check your mobile phone’s camera Pebble. With a black and white 144×168 screen is Pebble more focused on practicality than aesthetics. The Watch has GPS and access to appsortiment, where Pebbles own users can choose from over 1,000 apps. The original Pebble followed by Pebble Steel.
2013: Martian Passport
Martian Watches released Passport at 2013. What makes the Passport unique is that it has voice control, meaning it can be used as a microphone for your phone and lets you use features such as Siri.
2013: Samsung Galaxy Gear
Samsung Galaxy Gear is now on its third generation but was launched originally in 2013. The clock was met by relatively lukewarm reviews because of the clumsy design and non-intuitive interface. Galaxy Gear were sawn for its short battery life and limited features.
Unlike the other smart watch of the same generation could Galaxy Gear photograph and film in up to 15 seconds. In may 2014, changed the clock from Android to Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system. The latest sequel, Galaxy Gear S, has a pretty, domed screen, but still mostly so-so reviews.
2014: Motorola Moto 360
In September 2014 launched Motorola’s Moto 360 with a 1.56-inch display. The clock uses Android Wear and includes a pulse counter and pedometer. The watch was received by the generally positive reviews, and come in three different styles. It is also more waterproof than Apple Watch, which means that you can wear it when you shower.
2014: LG G Watch R
LG threw out on smart watches marknaden in October last year with the sloppy baptized G Watch, a sequel to the previously released LED watches. With a 1.2 GHz processor, 4 GB of internal memory, and a 320 x 320 display, LG G Watch not only communicate with a paired Android phone, but also manage the voice commands via Google Now.
It also contains some of the basic functions of modern smart watch such as heart rate monitor and fitness tracker. The watch retails for $ 295 (approximately 2 500 SEK) and was acclaimed for their stylish design (to be a smartwatch), but faced stiff opposition from competitors.
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