Eurotech Zypad Wrist Wearable PC Beats Tracy's

Update 29-Jun-06: The Zypad wrist computer was officially unveiled today by Eurotech; it weighs just 290 grams.

(Eurotech Zypad Wrist-Worn PC)

The Eurotech WWPC Wrist Wearable PC makes use of a user-centric ubiquitous computing concept; the company believes that information and services can be shared and access from anywhere.

(Eurotech WWPC)

The WWPC has great specs and features and runs Linux or Windows CE:

  • 200g core with flexible strap, right and left-handed, special shape for different wrist sizes
  • 72x55 mm active display area on the wrist, with touchscreen (input pen on the strap), direct-access keypad and joystick, support for USB HI devices, microphone, flat speaker, headset/stereo headphone jack
  • low power consumption: fully operational mode lasts 6 hours; extended power savings support (true OFF, idle, stand-by, wireless enable key, battery monitor); 2-cell Li-polymer rechargeable batteries enclosed on the strap
  • global positioning information: L1 16-channel GPS receiver with active helix antenna; wireless connectivity: IrDa (up to 4Mbps), Bluetooth v1.1 (up to 721 Kbps) wireless LAN 802.11b (up to 11Mbps) with hardware coexistence handshake; 2 specific internal antennas
  • 32 MB system rom-flash, 64 MB system SDRAM, up to 1 GB on built-in SD memory slot;

(Eurotech WWPC)

The company is looking to sell the device in a variety of fields; healthcare, security, maintenance, rescue and more.

Obviously, I am unable to pass up the comparison to Dick Tracy's famous wrist radio.

(Dick Tracy fights crime with high tech)

First presented to the public by Chester Gould, the creator of the famous comic strip, in 1946, the device fascinated the general public and the law enforcement community alike. So when was the first working wrist radio introduced?

In 1947 by Dr. Cledo Brunetti! Weighing a miraculous 3 ounces, it used tiny vacuum tubes; unfortunately it had only a one-mile range.

Read more at the Eurotechc company site; thanks to LinuxDevices for finding the story.

(This article was first published 3/14/2006.)

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