Wristwatch Of The Future
by Kevin J. Rice
I came up with MOST of this list in 1992. It’s taken this long,
but we’ve finally gotten to the point we can put most of this stuff on
a laptop. Not quite a watch yet, though.
If you have ideas for extending this list that are somewhat reasonable, or
even unreasonable, email me with them at Kevin@justanyone.com
Until then, ENJOY!
What I want in a Watch
- Accurate time displayed on front
- Integrated Global Positioning System for Latitude / Longitude display -
where I am.
- Time is accurate - updated automatically from GPS signals
- Timezone correction - when I travel, the time (timezone) automatically
changes to where I am.
- Accurate GPS - receives as many satellites as are available.
- Display capable of 1024 x 768 in 14 million colors.
- Graphics processing equal or better than current 3-D graphics accelerator
- Cellular phone digital standard, fails over to analog when out of digital
- No notification or bother with cellular areas - if out of digital range,
billing automatically handled.
- Speaker phone with full 2-way talk (no cutoff when both parties speak at
- Full PC capability - can run Win 98/NT software.
- Voice recognition capability
- Voice commands integrated into applications like mail interface, “send
email to email@example.com containing quote...unquote’
- Power - permanent on capability (battery lasts 2 or 3 weeks between night-long
- Magnetic compass to know which direction it’s pointed.
- Integrated address-book/GPS/compass - ask, “Which way is John Dale’s
House?” looks up in address book, finds location on GPS, replies, “straight
ahead 2 blocks, then left, go 3 blocks.”
- Small video camera with physical cover (prevents walking into locker room
with it unknowingly on).
- Video conferencing via camera and cell modem
- Web browsing via the cell modem at > 56 kbaud
- Fax a page held in front of the camera
- Very low weight - carry in shirt pocket, wear on wrist, or attach to belt.
- Integrated ‘ask jeeves’ function linked to encyclopedia and
dictionary (“Keyword, Encyclopedia, how tall is Mount Everest, compute.”)
- Downloading of music from web.
- AM/ FM/ Shortwave radio
- Attachable headphones for music or private phone listening.
- Listen to and store radio and TV broadcasts
- Spread-spectrum security on all broadcasts - no one can listen in to your
- IR port downloading/uploading of business card info, files, etc. to other
devices around you.
- Paging functions - send and receive email pages.
- Receiving fax - can get a fax and display it on screen
- Standardized IR printing - point the device at a printer (whatever’s
closest) and beam files/faxes, etc and print them there.
- Easy to understand device indicating which direction the camera is pointed
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