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[News] Running Linux on a wrist watch?ANN.lu
Posted on 08-Aug-2000 16:34 GMT by Teemu I. Yliselä10 comments
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IBM are making Dick Tracy's watch reality. According to a story on CNET, IBM have created a prototype watch that is built around an ARM-based processor and has 8Mb of memory. It's running the Linux operating system. Maybe something like this could even be practical with Tao's technology (or QNX's, as the article suggests)?

Running Linux on a wrist watch? : Comment 1 of 10ANN.lu
Posted by Teemu I. Yliselä on 07-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
BTW, you can see a picture of the watch at this address:
lwn.net/daily/linuxwatch_pen.php3
I have to admit: pretty tiny. :)
Running Linux on a wrist watch? : Comment 2 of 10ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous Coward on 07-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
But does it run NetBSD?
Running Linux on a wrist watch? : Comment 3 of 10ANN.lu
Posted by Johnny Mann on 07-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
Read the article again-
Does it mention anywhere that it displays the current time? Nope. Some watch, eh? ;)
Running Linux on a wrist watch? : Comment 4 of 10ANN.lu
Posted by Teemu Kärkkäinen on 07-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (Johnny Mann):
Yes it does!
"The watch can tell time and has a calendar and to-do list that can remind the wearer of appointments, Goyal said."
Try looking a bit closer ;)
Running Linux on a wrist watch? : Comment 5 of 10ANN.lu
Posted by Johnny Mann on 08-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (Teemu Kärkkäinen):
Ah, it says it can TELL time. Doesn't specify if it will show you what time it is. Heck, automatic sprinklers and answering machines can tell time but they usually don't display it!
I was just pointing out that they never specify that it will have a numerical readout displaying the current hour and minute. What can I say, I was bored. ;)
Running Linux on a wrist watch? : Comment 6 of 10ANN.lu
Posted by Elliott Olson on 08-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Teemu I. Yliselä):
No I couldn't. I only got a non-rendered html page (all html tags showing and no graphics displayed) with no image URIs included.
Running Linux on a wrist watch? : Comment 7 of 10ANN.lu
Posted by Teemu I. Yliselä on 08-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (Elliott Olson):
It loads OK here. Must be a problem with your browser. Here's the url of the image:
lwn.net/daily/linuxwatch_pen.jpg
Running Linux on a wrist watch? : Comment 8 of 10ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 08-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
Ok, so now I can play Quake on my wristwatch, yes? :)
Running Linux on a wrist watch? : Comment 9 of 10ANN.lu
Posted by PaulT on 08-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
re: the super watch, Bill showed a cell phone at AmiWest (GSM-type so won't work in U.S.A.) that had a Pole Position-type game in it. FWIW, it looked like the graphics were as good as you could expect off a monochrome, small screen and was very smooth. He said the watch was running some embedded Moto processor, I think. It had 4 MB and "more processing power than the original A1200"!
But he showed it because it was running Elate.
So now we'll be able to hand someone our phone, and compete against them on our watch, fully networked!! :) PaulT
Running Linux on a wrist watch? : Comment 10 of 10ANN.lu
Posted by Michael Jantzen on 08-Aug-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 9 (PaulT):
Any pictures of this thing? I've heard about it, but I'd like to see it :).
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