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<p>Nearly four years in development, the IBM Linux watch contains a complete computer system that runs Linux, displays X11 graphics, and has wireless connectivity. The system fits in a case that could pass as a slightly unusual analog timepiece with a somewhat odd shape and an extraordinarily brilliant face. The developers have created two versions of the watch, one with an organic light-emitting diode display and the other with a liquid crystal display. Still considered a research prototype, the watch already runs some personal information management applications, and it can communicate with PCs, PDAs, and other wireless-enabled devices, viewing condensed e-mail and directly receiving pager-like messages. Eventually, users will be able to access various Internet-based services, such as up-to-the-minute information about weather, traffic conditions, the stock market, and sports.</p>
Jim Sanford, Kazuhiko Yamazaki, Chandra Narayanaswami, Tadanobu Inoue, Noboru Kamijoh, Sreekrishnan Venkiteswaran, Eugene Schlig, Vishal Kulkarni, Thomas Cipolla, Dinakar Guniguntala, Mandayam Raghunath, "IBM's Linux Watch: The Challenge of Miniaturization", Computer, vol. 35, no. , pp. 33-41, January 2002, doi:10.1109/2.976917
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