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"I went [to the top of] Vehicle Assembly Building and looked down, and tears burst from my eyes. The size of this cathedral where the Rockets take off to go to the moon is so amazing."
- Ray Bradbury

Finger Watch  
  A ring that contains a working timepiece and a display.  

This is one of my favorite pieces of technovelgy; why can't I buy one of these? The idea is simple enough; a ring that contains a small read-out of the current time.

Crayn glanced at his finger watch as his aide fastened the cloak he had brought hurriedly after him. It was three-forty-seven, Galactic Time.
From Key Decision, by H.B. Fyfe.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1951
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Robert Heinlein mentioned the same idea in his 1951 novel The Puppet Masters; however, Fyfe published his story in May of 1951, but Heinlein's story wasn't serialized in Galaxy until September-November of 1951.

"Seventeen hours" - The Old Man glanced at his finger watch and added - "and twenty-three minutes ago an unidentified space ship landed near Grinnell, Iowa."

Now, wouldn't that be handy? I'm a person who does not like to wear watches or other jewelry. I could have a little timepiece built into my wedding ring; that's all I'd need.

There have been various versions of an actual finger watch reported; it appears as though Fila has introduced a version for runners:


(Fila Fingerwatch)

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  More Ideas and Technology from Key Decision
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  - Calendar Ring
  - Remember Ring From Goldsmith's
  - Apple Ring: Finally, Engineers Want To Make My Finger Watch
  - Samsung's Smart Ring
  - The Ring Clock IS Heinlein's Finger Watch

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