Hello, Dick Tracy: A Wristwatch Cell Phone at Last

Gadget will cost about $200

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    The phone is a sure conversation-starter.

    A cell-phone watch shown off this week at the wireless convention is an eyecatching big boy.

    If you're old enough to remember Dick Tracy, then you probably remember his walkie-talkie wristwatch. The W Watchphone being marketed at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association may look cartoonish, but its technology is not.

    Hello, Dick Tracy: A Wristwatch Cell Phone At Last

    [DGO] Hello, Dick Tracy: A Wristwatch Cell Phone At Last
    A cell-phone watch shown off this week at the wireless convention is an eyecatching big boy. (Published Friday, Oct 9, 2009)

    The W is manufactured by the San Diego-based Kempler & Strauss, the same folks who brought you the Slim Data USB (a credit-card-sized memory stick you can carry in your wallet) and the Billionaire-6 and -7 phones.

    The Bluetooth-enabled W has a micro-SD slot and is tricked out with a stereo MP3 player, camera, video recorder and player, and games. It also has a touch-screen interface that's pretty nifty for sending text messages and e-mail, and making calls, and the watch face is customizable, as are its ringtones, alarms and shortcuts.

    While it's a cool gadget, it's hard to take K&S's claim seriously that it's "elegantly designed." In fact, it's a big, blocky thing sure to elicit "What the hell is that?" type questioning.

    The W will go on sale next year and cost about 200 bucks.

    Over and out.