The new PC wristwatch from Eurotech
This one’s definitely on my wish list. It’s a fully functional PC running under a choice of Linux or Windows CE.
OK, weighing in at 7 ounces (200g), you’d need a forearm like Arnold Schwarzenegger to pass it off as a watch. On me it would look like I was taking part in some government programme for tagging offenders; but I wouldn’t mind the stares.
Here are the juicy details:
– 32 MB of flash storage, 64 MB of SDRAM (expandable to 1 GB)
– GPS capability
– Direct access keypad
– 65k color 2.8” x 2.2” touch screen LCD
– Sound card and built in speakers and jack for mic and external speakers
– USB port
– Built in 802.11b LAN and WiFi support
– Bluetooth and IrDa
– Runs under Linux or Windows.
Interestingly, the CPU isn’t specified, except to say that it’s a low-power embedded processor. My guess is that the issue of power consumption would mean that it’s unlikely to be a high speed processor. Running under two Li-based rechargeable batteries, it’s claimed the PC can run for six to eight hours depending on usage. To save battery consumption, the device goes into standby if you lower your arm for a given length of time.
Aside for gadget enthusiasts like us, possible users could include emergency rescue workers, security, and health workers. The manufacturers claim that the GPS “dead reckoning” system is so sensitive, it can detect whether or not the wearer is incapacitated and automatically send a distress message with a pinpoint location.
The only thing that’s missing is the price tag, and if anyone can tell if they’ve found how much it costs, please let us know. I don’t expect this wristwatch will come cheap, but for me it’s certainly a must-have gadget!