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1984 Wrist Computer

nym | 02:58 PM

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The Seiko UC-2000 wrist computer from 1984. Ah, memories. Funny how wrist computers never did seem to do very well. Still people lust after wrist PCs.

Each character was 5x7 pixels. There were 4 lines of text with 10 columns each.

That makes the effective resolution 50x28.

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my guess for the "failure" of wrist computers are the compromise in interface that have to be done.

now if we could have a pocketable system that didnt require us to type on small buttons and read a tiny screen, we are go.

but to do that we most likely have to tap into the nervous system of the body so that we can overlay a keyboard over any surface, or even dictate using thought, and see the result hover in front of us.

Posted by: hitmark at July 23, 2006 12:06 PM

I actually have one of the UC3000 with keyboards... its not bad, for being 22 years old. Its available if anyone wants to buy it.

Posted by: Travis at August 7, 2006 05:47 PM

TRAVIS,

I ALSO HAVE A UC 3000 JUST THE WATCH.

IT IS FOR SALE..HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR

UC 3000. MINE IS ALL BLACK COOL JOE BONGI

Posted by: JOSEPH BONGIOVANNI at February 12, 2007 09:32 PM

I have a SEIKO UC-3000 model, problem is I damaged
the transmission coil in the waych when changing battery therefore watch does not work.

Is there a way to replace the coil, or is there a specification for coil ie wire size, turns etc.

26th June 2007

Posted by: Simon at June 26, 2007 12:08 PM

This is really cool. Will have to put it in a story.

Posted by: Mercury at July 13, 2008 08:40 AM

My father owned it when it came out (which by definition meant I spent as much time with it as he did). The keypad was never intended to be worn with the watch.

Posted by: Jay at July 14, 2008 04:49 PM

A hand held chorded keyboard is another portable input option. Of course there is a learning curve...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorded_keyboard

Posted by: spriggig at July 14, 2008 05:19 PM

Funny. Now we call them cell phones (iPhone) and they don't even attach to our wrist!!! But I'm guessing they're capable of a bit more than the UC-2000.

Posted by: Jason at August 7, 2008 07:41 PM

Now I know where Leela gets hers from!

Posted by: chris at October 14, 2008 04:58 PM
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