Two years after Fossil first promised a Palm OS powered watch, the PDA is real. The Wrist PDA was delivered a death blow by the company who was contracted to make the LCD displays. The displays were faulty and Fossil had to kill off the product. It’s back now, running Palm OS v4.1 at an MSRP of $249. An Abacus branded unit will also be available for $199. Both are featured on Fossil.com and are scheduled to ship on the 8th.
Here’s a quick rundown of the specs:
— Palm OS(R) version 4.1
— 8 MB of memory (approx. 7.7 MB available to the user)
— 160 x 160 pixel LCD with backlight
— Touch screen input
— 3-way Rocker and Back button for one-handed navigation
— Customizable watch faces
— USB interface supports Windows and Mac
— IRDA infrared communication port
— Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (lasts approximately three to four days between charges)
The delay makes the release a little funny for Fossil, as they’ve been a driving force in the SPOT world, making more watches for the MSN Direct service than anyone else. There’s quite a bit of overlap between the two devices, so it will be interesting to see if this hurts their SPOT product or complements it. We’re meeting with Fossil tomorrow and will post any additional information.