Watch-Phone Dick Tracy Would Love (from
April 8, 1999 New York Times)
Science fiction writers may have to
come up with
some other symbol of the future: the
Putting on the market the first timepiece
literally give you a wake-up call,
Electronics has combined a wristwatch
cellular telephone into a single gadget.
On the side of the watch-phone, called
SPH-WP10, is a tiny speaker that broadcasts
incoming calls, while a
microphone on the front of the watch
permits the user to talk back. The
company said the phone's features
would include voice-activated dialing, a
phone directory and a vibration alert.
The gadget comes with a super-small
processor chip and tiny fixed
antenna. Samsung said other companies
had come up with similar
products but that none had come to
market. It plans to begin selling the
watch-phone in April in South Korea.
Will it now become fashionable for
your voice mail to say, "You've
reached my watch. I'm not in right
now so please leave a message?" Alas,
the answer may come more readily when
the phone is eventually
introduced in the United States; that
release date has not been set yet.