Later this week I’ll be flying to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, and there will be endless mobile phones to see, along with countless accessories. But as I prepare to head out and try to heal from the worst head cold I’ve had in a decade, I took the time to go through some of the pre-show press releases.
Among those that stood out is the WristFone from Neutrano, Inc. This Dick Tracy-styled communication device includes a phone, a music player and a camera—all within a wristwatch body. OK, so it only took about 70 years for reality to catch up with the comic strip, but it is interesting nonetheless.
If the company doesn’t sound familiar than you probably missed the release of its PhotoWatch last spring. And while the WristFone will likely not push out the iPhone or G1, it is interesting to see that someone would actually try to build something so crazy and wacky! The WristFone is a GSM cellular handset – while not really a handset I suppose since you wear the thing on your wrist – but it also includes a numeric keypad and is Bluetooth compatible, since holding your wrist up to your mouth would look too much like you were an undercover cop or super spy.
The fact that the design team managed to squeeze in a music player and FM radio, as well as camera is impressive as well. It can even be used for texting and on the small screen for watching videos – it took at least until the 1960s or 1970s for Dick Tracy’s watch to transmit video!
“After 16 months of painstaking R&D, the result has surpassed even our highest of expectations,” claims Mr. Rotman, President of Neutrano. And while this handset will set you back around $250 to $300, there is a cool factor that has been missing from mobile phones for a while. Anyone can do sleeker or smarter, but this is Geek Chic to a whole new level.