Today the word “smart watch” is one we all know, but this was the very first of that breed, from nearly 40 years ago. Whatever you may have thought the earliest smart watch was, I bet you were not expecting this marvelously geeky instrument (especially not from a vintage enthusiast who covers your weekly Bring A Loupe!). Let’s review, from Hewlett Packard, the intriguing and amazingly sophisticated HP-01.
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