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From Dick Tracy’s watch phone in the 1940s to the Pip-Boy in today’s extremely popular Fallout video game series, the idea of a watch as an information device on your wrist has been in the public consciousness long before Apple introduced the Apple Watch in 2015. Starting in the 1980s, such consumer electronics companies as Casio and Radio Shack began taking the leap forward and introduced the first smart watches, by adding calculators, FM radios, and contact books to digital watches. This trend continued through the 1990s and 2000s, with smart watches beginning to gain more and more connected features, such as cellular phone calling and PC data synchronization. However, as someone whose first part-time job was fixing watches in the early 2000s, I can tell you, the only smart watch I ever saw was the one we had on display and never sold for several years. At that time, smart watches were too expensive for the single added feature they were enabled with.
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