doctorow at April 15th, 2014 21:01 — #1
nixiebunny at April 15th, 2014 21:10 — #2
That actually wasn't that far-fetched back then. The HP-01 calculator watch from 1979 was not too different from this gizmo, although it only had an 8-digit LED display.
I'm still waiting for Sony to make my 0.7 inch floppy drive.
robcruickshank at April 15th, 2014 21:21 — #3
I would wear that. As long as it didn't have an LCD screen.
phasmafelis at April 15th, 2014 21:27 — #4
phasmafelis at April 15th, 2014 21:28 — #5
So does anyone have a scan of the actual magazine/article? The cover image is cute, but I want to know what they were saying.
acerplatanoides at April 15th, 2014 21:28 — #6
Digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
flashman at April 15th, 2014 21:29 — #7
It's amazing that they managed to fit a Qwerty keyboard in such a tiny space.
daneel at April 15th, 2014 21:36 — #8
Further proof that the Boingers don't much look at the BBS - and missing the Time article that goes with it...
callmepartario at April 15th, 2014 22:01 — #9
clearly the vision of the future was REALLY BIG HANDS.
samwinston at April 15th, 2014 22:52 — #10
Microsoft had a data watch...it would synch to your computer via a optical sensor..."lines" on the screen would flash like a barcode flash and the watch would suck up the data sent.
Casio also had a data bank watch...that had limited computer interface (in some versions) and full keyboard on the watch.
speedracer at April 15th, 2014 22:54 — #11
Really big hands, and odd sausage-like fingers. There should be more creases in a finger bent like that.
redesigned at April 15th, 2014 23:00 — #12
yeah, oh well. kinda funny because I'm the opposite, i spend more time on the BBS then the front page myself these days.
I'm just happy to see others admire the same awesome watch, i still really want one, but i'm a huge fan of retro-futurism. i love all things from future past.
spocko at April 15th, 2014 23:03 — #13
Byte Magazine! I remember being sooo proud of getting a client on the front cover (right hand corner) and it was a publication my parents back in the midwest could buy on the news stand.
spocko at April 15th, 2014 23:05 — #14
I had the early Casio Databank and in fact I'm wearing a version right now!
spocko at April 15th, 2014 23:07 — #15
Did you ever have an 8 inch floppy? I did. It was the "Boot disk" I accidently overwrote it trying to create a new one. A very scary painful night until a friend saved my bacon. Back in those days you couldn't just get a new boot disk downloaded from some website!
samwinston at April 15th, 2014 23:14 — #16
I loved my Casio Databank. from tonight's post on BB I see there are still version available.
Unfortunately..."Why?" cell phones have taken the place of a 'data watch' you have your phone book, notebook, reminders, GPS, along with web browsing and posting in one device---that also as a side effect seems to make and receive telephone calls.
spo at April 15th, 2014 23:14 — #17
Robert Tinney used to do all the cool Byte covers. I was a cheap bastard and would always read it at the public library. BTW Tinney sells shirts with some of his art.
stefanjones at April 16th, 2014 00:25 — #19
Note that this cover image is a snark.
BYTE was not a gushy Popular Mechanics type of zine catering to wide-eyed gadget freaks.
The artist is having fun with theme future computing, and BYTE's audience would get the joke.
matt_fisher at April 16th, 2014 01:23 — #20
Wasn't this an April Fool's joke cover?
amstrad at April 16th, 2014 01:51 — #21
What is this, a keyboard for ants?
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