It is more novelty find no, almost any corner, handheld devices capable of performing alternative functions. It seems that a new era announced by “smart” prefix was inaugurated: the so known smartwatches (smart watches) now use the same language operating systems present in smartphones, tablets and gadgets of any kind.
And what can characterize a device as “smart” (smart)? If one or the other device performs additional tasks to those initially designed, it can then be considered intelligent. Thus, it can be said that – at least with regard to the history of the hour dials – the first smartwatch arose more than 70 years … Curious, no?
Follow this article, the evolution of smart watchs and understand how the wrist computers gained the form they have today. A timer coupled to a time display to integrated WiFi network devices. As in over half a century, these devices have been developed? Take a quick tour through the history of portable clocks and watch some possible answers to this question.
The clock able to time the time
The first smart watch appeared around the 1940s, however, not sure which was the first company to produce such smartwatch. In the image below, one Broad Arrow dated 1940 is shown. In addition to displaying the time, this watch was able to measure the time ( “secondary function” that made the forerunner models of device that would be forthcoming).
According to James Dowling, MW forum member, this time display was imported by the United Kingdom to a shipyard Royal Navy (Naval branch of the UK armed forces founded in the sixteenth century and extinct in the mid-twentieth century).
In 1975, the Pulsar Time Computer came up. Launched by Pulsar company, the device had four batteries: two of them dedicated to the illumination of the LED screen; the other pair was used exclusively by the automatic calculation feature.
How well can be seen in the image, the model was accompanied by a pen – that served as a typing tool, since it gave the user access to keyboard kid watch. It was from the appearance of the Pulsar Time Computer that other companies began to invest in the development of wristwatches increasingly dynamic.
Good examples of this expansion in the production of robust watches are the models Seiko D409, dated 1982 (which had 112 bytes of memory and had the ability to store certain data), the Epson RC-20, 1985 (which enabled display zones several times), and the Casio CFX-400 (equipped with features of advanced calculations – a kind of “scientific calculator pulse”).
Receiving beeps and monitoring data
In 1991, the first watch capable of receiving text messages was released. Along with him, Casio introduced the world to the famous F-91W. In 1994, the DataLink, Timex, became the “official mark of the astronauts.” This is because such clock data transfer supported by computer without the need for cable connection. NASA therefore approved the use of pulse time display space.
And when the first hybrid between watch and phone emerged? Already in 1999. The SPH-WP10 model launched by Samsung and considered the smallest and lightest gadget of the time, had no keyboard – all commands were given by a single key located below the display. This pearl was able to make and receive calls – a real stride in the field of the 1990s end of portable technology.
A model launched by Garmin company in 2006 has become a reference in the item monitoring heartbeat. The Forerunner 205, and has been a hit among athletes, received improvements in their primary GPS system – further expanding the possibilities of these wrist devices.
Note: It is important to note that the clocks cited for this historic tour were not the only ones to provide extra functions to users over the past decades. The devices listed here, however, represent a few key points of the evolution of smartwatches, but are not, therefore, isolated exponents of evolution of these wrist gadgets.
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