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AllLinuxDevices: Fact Sheet: IBM's Linux Wrist Watch

Aug 07, 2000, 14:38 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Hornsby, Alex Epstein)

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"IBM researchers are successfully running Linux and X11 (a popular graphics library) on a device the size of a wrist watch, demonstrating the viability of the operating system across all platforms, from large enterprise servers, to medium-sized and small servers, workstations, desktop systems, laptops and now the smallest intelligent devices."

"With Linux rapidly becoming an industry standard, it's important that developers be able to create new applications across all platforms, including pervasive devices, and the intent of IBM's research is to further that work."

"Designed to communicate wirelessly with PCs, cell phones and other wireless-enabled devices, the "smart watch" will have the ability to view condensed email messages and directly receive pager-like messages. In addition, the watch will provide users with calendar, address book and to-do list functions. Future enhancements will include a high-resolution screen and applications that will allow the watch to be used as an access device for various Internet-based services such as up-to-the-minute information about weather, traffic conditions, the stock market, sports results and so on."

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