Dick Tracy Watch Finally a Reality?
Life imitates art once again, it seems.
Dick Tracy is a long-running comic strip featuring a popular and familiar character in American pop culture. Dick Tracy is a hard-hitting, fast-shooting, and supremely intelligent police detective who has matched wits with a variety of often grotesquely ugly villains.
In January 1946, Gould changed Dick Tracy forever with the introduction of the 2-Way Wrist Radio after a visit to inventor Al Gross ... The 2-Way Wrist Radio was eventually upgraded to a 2-Way Wrist TV in 1964.
It seems that now, we might all get a taste of some Dick Tracy tech from Korean firm LG.
LG, a cellular Vendor from South Korea, has announced the creation of the multifunctional wrist watch. With this watch, it is as we are using a smart phone on our wrist. With facilities such as video phone, you will be as stylish as James Bond.
They say James Bond, I say Dick Tracy. ToMAYto, toMAHto, poTAYto, poTAHto...
South Korea's LG Electronics ... unveiled what it described as the world's first watch-shaped mobile video phone.
The "3G watch phone" model has a touch-screen [dialing] system with a camera and a speaker built in to enable users to make video calls over a high speed internet connection, LG Electronic said in a statement.
It also [recognizes] voices, transforms text to speech, has a Bluetooth function and plays MP3 music.
The product has a 3.63-centimetre (1.43-inch) screen and is 13.9 millimetres (0.56 inches) thick. It will be on display at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11 .
LG Electronics said it plans to launch the handset in European markets sometime next year.
The first thing to notice is the specs: unlike last time around, they're actually pretty solid. The GD910, as it's called, will support 3G, HSDPA, Bluetooth, text-to-speech and speech-to-text, and finally, videoconferencing via a front-mounted camera.
In the center of the watch face is a 1.4-inch touchscreen display that is used for most interaction. It is used as the keypad when making a call, for example. There are also buttons down the side of the phone's body.
The WCDMA (wideband code division multiple access) phone supports the latest 7.2Mbps (megabits per second) HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) data system, so downloads should be fast. It can also make video calls via a small camera above the top right corner of the screen.
Other features include Bluetooth, an MP3 player, a speakerphone and a text-to-speech function. The handset is also waterproof.
... there are still a few problems that will be unavoidable in this form-factor, the largest of which LG has implicitly acknowledged with their product photos: unless you are a young child with young child fingers, don't plan on having an easy go of it.
While they didn't specifically call it the Dick Tracy Watch ("3G Watch Phone" sounds a bit technical), perhaps a bit of rebranding for the American market could whip up some interest...