Can it be true? A working 'Dick Tracy Wrist Watch'


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/10/18/can-it-be-true-a-working-di.html


#2

I’m assuming you’ve also got a spacetime interociter and a chronosynclastic infundibulator on that list?

I sure hope the Dick Tracy wrist radio has a CRM 114 discriminator!

PS: you can still get pneumatic tube systems if you have the quatloos.


#3

I’m holding out for the magnetic air car, myself…


#4

I’ve heard that calibrating it can be tricky


#5

Not for people with incredibly high foreheads.


#6

Making a working Dick Tracy watch as a maker type project should be doable, main concern is audio and getting a good signal. I myself am not technically savvy but it’d be cool to see someone make one and document the build :slight_smile:


#7

As a non-giant forehead person this is a hard pass for me…

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#8

Wouldn’t the main concern be that a single 2-way wrist radio is utterly useless?


#9

Is the DK space coupe next up?

scoupee

Hey. Wait a second…

hovercraft


#10

As soon as somebody ships a huge triangular monitor, I’m building one.


#11

Most of the cool stuff i like is useless. Doesn’t bother me none.


#12

If one has the power to calibrate a thing, they can destroy a thing. (Sorry, Mr. Herbert.)


#13

Don’t forget to build in death lasers into it.


#14

Out of curiosity i did a search and there isn’t a triangular LCD display… but it is entirely possible to find or make a triangular one. It just won’t have high resolution unless you go big. Here’s a quick example i found on Alibaba for one that isn’t giant.

It might also be entirely possible to get around the issue by using a projector instead, though projectors don’t typically beam video in triangles either but i think it’s a problem that could be fixed easier than making a custom LCD or LED display. :slight_smile:


#15

Hmmm… there’s an interesting idea, I have a tub full of old projectors, I could mask portions of the lens. Thanks!


#16

Came for the hand-drawn label, was not disappointed.

(I’d be disappointed, though, if the real watch doesn’t have such a label floating nearby)

(MAD Magazine)


#17

No problem! It’d be cool to have a proper screen but using a projector is infinitely more simple which i think any fan of that movie would appreciate an easy execution of the idea. Anyway if you do give it a try make sure to document and share :smiley:


#18

Welp, that only took 86 years to turn into a reality.

At this rate we should get functional web-shooters by about 2048.


#19

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