Back in late 2002, Fossil made headlines when it announced the Wrist PDA, a watch that was going to run a full version of the Palm OS (see picture below). This device even won a Best of Comdex award.
Unfortunately, Fossil ran into production problems that kept pushing back the release of this model until, in September 2003, Fossil announced the Wrist PDA was indefinitely delayed.
The long delay is over. The Wrist PDA is available now on the Fossil web site.
Despite its diminutive size, the Wrist PDA runs a full version of Palm OS 4.1 on a 66 MHz Motorola Dragonball Super VZ processor. It has 8 MB of RAM, much more than was going to be available on the original version.
It includes a stylus integrated into the band for Graffiti input, and a 3-way Rocker and Back button for one-handed navigation.
This watch can run most Palm OS applications, but Fossil recommends using applications designed to take advantage of the special features of the Wrist PDA, such as the Rocker Switch and the larger font sets.
Pre-loaded applications include: Address Book, Date Book, Memo Pad, Calculator and To Do List.
It has an infrared port to support beaming between all Palm Powered devices.
The Wrist PDA comes with a USB cable that allows it to HotSync with a Windows or Macintosh PC.
It uses a rechargeable battery. According to Fossil, it can run for 3 or 4 days between recharges.
The Fossil Wrist PDA sells for $249.
A slightly less expensive version will be available as part of Fossil’s sub-brand, ABACUS. This will be sold exclusively through the Tiger Direct web site.
The ABACUS Wrist PDA is expected to go on sale tomorrow for $199.
This announcement was made at the CES tradeshow in Las Vegas.