The idea has been with us for more than half a century, but the successful execution of a practical, effective - even stylish - wristwatch phone is only just starting to become a reality. Two examples showing innovation in both technology and design emerged at CeBIT 2003 - NTT DoCoMo's Wristomo and Samsung's GPRS Class 10 watch phone.
Built by Seiko, Wristomo's unique design enables it to be taken off the wrist and used as a handset. The phone supports web browsing at up to 64kbps, emails to a maximum size of 3,000 characters, promising continuous talk-time of two hours.
Billed as the world's smallest GPRS phone, Samsung's new Class 10 watch phone offers one and a half hours of continuous talk time supports voice activated dialling, WAP 1.2, Bluetooth and Speakerphone technologies.
The phone weighs only 80 grams including battery and measures just 37.8 x 64 x 17.7 mm.
The watch phone display is a 256 OLED (Organic Light Emitting Display) colour screen that features 96 x 64 pixel resolution.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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