HP-01, a smartwatch designed by hewlett-packard engineers in 1977
 
HP-01, a smartwatch designed by hewlett-packard engineers in 1977 HP-01, a smartwatch designed by hewlett-packard engineers in 1977
aug 12, 2014

HP-01, a smartwatch designed by hewlett-packard engineers in 1977

HP-01, a smart electronic wristwatch designed by hewlett packard engineers in 1977
all images courtesy LED-forever

 

 

 

in 1977, a group of engineers working at hewlett packard introduced the first variation of an intelligent electronic wristwatch. it was known as the HP-01. at the time, the device was groundbreaking – it was one of the first products to perform as a digital electronic wristwatch, a personal calculator, an alarm clock, a stopwatch, a timer, a 200-year calendar. it even combined a user interface to complete tasks such as changing time zones, and digitally adding and subtracting numbers.

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the watch face had 28 tiny keys. four of these were raised for easy finger access. the raised keys were D (date), A (alarm), M (memory), and T (time). each recalled the appropriate information when pressed alone, or, when pressed after the shift key, stored the information. the HP-01 also contained six chips which contained the equivalent of 38,000 transistors and packed three small batteries into the case; two powered the display and one the watch circuit.

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the links were milled out solid stainless steel blocks

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the wristwatch packed three small batteries into the case; two powered the display and one the watch circuit

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a pen was also included – it had a retractable ballpoint on one end and a retractable stylus on the other

 

 

for those interested, there is now a prototype available for auction on ebay.

  • And then comes apple and sues them saying “we invented the smartwatch in 2008, look, look at out patent!!! Pay us millions of dollars!!!!” and HP goes *facepalm*.

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