Ever since the Swiss created the first wearable watch, the bulk of the human population, the world over, has been wearing wrist watches. In fact, if viewed as a generic accessory, wrist watches far outstrip all other kinds of wearable technology. Imagine that! With all the accessories that women, teenagers and increasing, men wear, the wrist watch continues to retain its pride of place as the most worn gadget or accessory in the history of mankind!
I got my first wrist watch when I turned five. I can barely remember it now, but it was some sort of a Mickey Mouse watch. The two hands of Mickey Mouse showed the time and as I recall, I was extremely proud of this wrist watch. It was much later, when I became a man, so to speak, that my father gave me the family wrist watch. This was an old wind-up wrist watch. It was a Rolex that had once belonged to my grandfather. Although I knew that it was a symbolic wrist watch, I kept it aside and donned several other, sportier, and in my opinion more contemporary wrist watches. I had no inkling that it could be worth a great deal of money. It was only years later, when I ran into a wrist watch collector, that I realized its true worth. Now, although I still keep it aside, it rests within a security case and adorns the display stand in my living room. Who could have ever thought that a wrist watch could have such special treatment!
There are also several other specialty wrist watches out there in the market. There are special medical wrist watches that monitor the heart rates of patients, there are exercise wrist watches that keep track of the number of laps you have run, and at what degree of comfort. There are wrist watches for diabetic patients which remind them when it is time for the next insulin dose. There are also medical wrist watches, which calculate various concentrations of elements in the blood stream and advise wearer on suitable medication. It is not just medicine that has created unique wrist watches. Engineers too have their own pressure monitoring and altitude specific wrist watches. Divers have depth measuring wristwatches. And computer buffs, have recently gotten hold of a very special wrist watch.
The technology age has also changed the way we look at wrist watches. Recently, IBM, the company that pioneered the personal computer, introduced a Linux based wrist watch in the Banglinux conference. This nifty little wrist watch redefines the way most of us have been viewing wrist watches. Sure, there have been wrist watches in the past (most notably from the Japanese electronics giant, Casio) that combine the many applications of the personal computer or the hand held PC. But this new wrist watch will totally change all that. Its features make those of earlier models look obsolete. It comes with a mother board, a touch sensitive display facility, 8 MB of flash memory, 8 MB of DRAM and even radio frequency wireless connectivity. What this means that for all you mail freaks out there is that you can actually download your e-mail on the go. To your wrist watch!