In another great episode of the Computer Chronicles, Stewart and Gary demonstrate a watch-based computer. In yet another example of “the more things change, the more they stay the same”, Stewart makes the remark:
Is this another example of technology in search of a purpose?
That is the topic still being debated today, thirty years later: will the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Pebble watch, or the iWatch have real value, or is it just technology for technology’s sake? Are people willing to carry 1) a smart phone, 2) a computer or tablet, and 3) wear a watch? It’s great to see how the “next big thing” today is really just another attempt at what was tried thirty years ago.
Is a wrist-computer worthwhile? Leave a comment with your thoughts!
Full episode: https://archive.org/details/portablecomp