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Smartwatches nearly a century old

The Apple Watch may be the most popular smartwatch in history and a few months behind Samsung, Sony and Android.

The original smartwatch was created in 1927, and then there was an upturn again in the 80s and 90s.

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1927: Plus Four Wristlet Route Indicator

1927: Plus Four Wristlet Route Indicator

This GPS device from the 1920s used a scroll map cartridge for your set route.

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1972: Pulsar

1972: Pulsar

The first all-electric digital watch from the Hamilton Watch Company had LEDs. The time was shown with the push of a button. 

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1982: Seiko TV Watch

1982: Seiko TV Watch

This smartwatch needed an adapter and receiver box to display a dotted TV image.  

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1983: Seiko Data-2000

1983: Seiko Data-2000

This watch could store memos, calendar entries and also served as a calculator using a clip-on keyboard. Seiko also launched the UC-2000, RC-1000, the Memo Diary and the UC-3000 within one year.

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1995: Seiko Message Watch

1995: Seiko Message Watch

The watch boasted a display caller ID and could also show updates on subjects from sports scores, stock prices and weather forecasts.

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1998: Linux Wristwatch

1998: Linux Wristwatch

Steve Mann built the first Linux-powered watch. IBM launched the prototype in 2000.

It was designed to connect wirelessly with PCs, cell phones and other wireless-enabled devices. It could display condensed email messages and receive pager-like messages.

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2002: Fossil Palm Pilot

2002: Fossil Palm Pilot

It had a 160 x 160 display, 2 MB of memory and Palm apps such as an address book, memo pad, to-do list and calculator. A stylus was integrated into the strap.

It received the award as the best of Comdex 2002.

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2003: Farmin Forerunner

2003: Farmin Forerunner

Garmin has been involved in the GPS sports watch arena for over a decade.

The watch measured speed, distance, pace and calories burned. It used two AAA batteries which could give you about 14 hours of action.

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2012: Sony SmartWatch

2012: Sony SmartWatch

The original Sony SmartWatch had a 1.3-inch OLED display and ran a modified Android version.

It often crashed inexplicably but was still well received by the tech press.

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2013: Samsung Galaxy Gear

2013: Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung's smartwatch was kickstarted with the Galaxy Gear in 2013. It paved the way for the Gear Fit.

In 2014, Samsung Gear S was released, boasting 3G connectivity, meaning it doesn't need a smartphone to operate.

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2015: Apple Watch

2015: Apple Watch

Formerly known as iWatch, it was officially revealed to a crowd in Cupertino in September 2014.

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