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The first real smartwatch 14 years ago, from IBM and Citizen

In just 43 grams it housed cutting-edge functions. 14 years ago it went unnoticed. The WatchPad (the first real smartwatch) was a prodigy that anticipated the times

In just 43 grams it housed cutting-edge functions. 14 years ago it went unnoticed, but reading today the specifications and features offered makes it clear that WatchPad was a prodigy that anticipated the times

The first smartwatch has a good 14 years, even if to call it so reductive. It was in fact something more than the WatchPad, a wrist computer equipped with the Linux operating system and made by IBM with Citizen. The idea was already there: in the product description, which dates back to 2000, we read that it can be used not only as a device on its own, but also as an interface to interact with other tools such as PCs and mobile phones.

It was equipped with bluetooth and even a sensor for fingerprint recognition, as well as one of those accelerometers that, after many years, would have equipped smartphones. The Ram was 8 MB and the 32-bit processor was running at 74 Mhz.

The WatchPad could be used as a secure PC access (via fingerprint), a Powerpoint presentation remote control, a dictation device, an electronic payment tool, to check e-mail without using a PC and to check-in automatically. hotel. In short, many of the functions present today in mobile phones and others still in the vanguard.