In the latest episode of Adventures in Tech, we explore some of the exotic, retro and downright weird attempts at making the humble smartwatch a success. Before you go any further, make sure you check out the video, or risk missing out!
In researching the episode, we tracked down two early smartwatches that Microsoft helped to create. One is from the mid-90s, the other from the mid-2000s. Click through to ogle a few slices of timepiece history.
When you held it up in front of a CRT monitor, Microsoft's special software sent data across using flashing white lines.
Microsoft's SPOT system was intended to make it into all manner of household objects, starting with the humble wristwatch.
Fossil was the partner that build this particular unit. Suunto was another company enlisted to build SPOT watches.
MSN Direct wasn't free, but could send you things like news headlines, horoscopes and messages -- as long as you were within range of the FM broadcast, of course.
Ultimately, SPOT couldn't compete with smartphones, which were just starting emerge from the likes of BlackBerry.
A final treat -- we got a new watch battery into the Data Link, and were delighted to see the date default to 1996. Charming.