Comic book character Dick Tracy sported a wrist-mounted communicator, a device that was the stuff of dreams in its 1946 comic debut, letting people talk to one another right through their wrists. In the 1990 film, the technology was little more than a walkie-talkie, but in the comic book series, the device would later go on to include a built-in digital screen.
Fast forward to 2009 and you get LG's formal debut of its Watch Phone at the Consumer Electronics Show. The device featured a touch screen, a built-in camera, and speakers. Oh yeah, and it made phone calls. Given its high price tag and similarity to an accessory that was on its way out technologically, the phone didn't become the next big thing, but it was the realization of a sci-fi dream.
See also: The now-defunct SPOT Watch, a one-way communication device that could grab news feeds and deliver them to watches, but not quite grab the "consumers buying it" part.
August 29, 2011 3:59 AM PDT
Photo by: Touchstone Pictures
| Caption by: Josh Lowensohn
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