Timex Datalink

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Timex Datalink or Timex Data Link is a line of early smartwatches manufactured by Timex and is considered a wristwatch computer.wikipedia
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Smartwatch

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Timex Datalink or Timex Data Link is a line of early smartwatches manufactured by Timex and is considered a wristwatch computer.
The Timex Datalink wristwatch, was introduced in 1994.

Timex Group USA

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Timex Datalink or Timex Data Link is a line of early smartwatches manufactured by Timex and is considered a wristwatch computer.
In 1994, Timex acquired the Nautica Watches license and introduced Timex Data Link.

Wearable computer

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The Datalink line was introduced in 1994 and it was co-developed with Microsoft as a wearable alternative to mainstream PDAs with additional attributes such as water resistance, that PDAs lacked, and easy programmability.
Timex Datalink is another example of a practical wearable computer.

Data link

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Timex Datalink or Timex Data Link is a line of early smartwatches manufactured by Timex and is considered a wristwatch computer.
Timex Datalink

Indiglo

All Datalink models had the Indiglo night light.
Certain Indiglo models, e.g., Timex Datalink USB, use a negative liquid-crystal display so that only the digits are illuminated, rather than the entire display.

Timex Ironman

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To add functionality, in 1997 Timex introduced the Ironman Triathlon Datalink series with features of the Ironman series, such as a choice of timers, multi-lap stopwatches, and changed appearance.
It has been updated over the years, including the Timex Datalink Ironman.

Product lining

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Timex Datalink or Timex Data Link is a line of early smartwatches manufactured by Timex and is considered a wristwatch computer.

Microsoft

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The Datalink line was introduced in 1994 and it was co-developed with Microsoft as a wearable alternative to mainstream PDAs with additional attributes such as water resistance, that PDAs lacked, and easy programmability.

Personal digital assistant

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The Datalink line was introduced in 1994 and it was co-developed with Microsoft as a wearable alternative to mainstream PDAs with additional attributes such as water resistance, that PDAs lacked, and easy programmability.

Bill Gates

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The watch was demonstrated by Bill Gates on 21 June 1994 in a presentation where he downloaded information from a computer monitor using bars of light and then showed to the audience the downloaded appointments and other data.

NASA

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The watches have been certified by NASA for space travel and have been used by astronauts and cosmonauts in space missions.

Spaceflight

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The watches have been certified by NASA for space travel and have been used by astronauts and cosmonauts in space missions.

Astronaut

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The watches have been certified by NASA for space travel and have been used by astronauts and cosmonauts in space missions.

Space exploration

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The watches have been certified by NASA for space travel and have been used by astronauts and cosmonauts in space missions.

High tech

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At the time of its introduction the watch was considered high-tech.

Pager

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There is also the Timex Beepwear Datalink series, featuring wearable pagers using the Timex datalink platform which also function as electronic organisers.

Computer keyboard

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Although there are other watches capable of storing all kinds of data, most had either a small keyboard or buttons, which could be used to input data.

Waterproofing

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The keyboard was tiny, and the buttons had to be pressed repeatedly to select letters from the alphabet, making data input difficult and tedious and decreasing the toughness and water resistance of the watch.

Wireless

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The Timex Datalink watches downloaded data wirelessly by illuminating a computer screen with a changing display encoding information to transfer, which was detected by the watch's sensor.

Lens (optics)

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The watch had a small lens at the top of its face used for data transmission by visible light.

Data transmission

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The watch had a small lens at the top of its face used for data transmission by visible light. As the name implies, datalink watches are capable of data transfer through linking with a computer.

Cathode-ray tube

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Data was transmitted from the CRT of the computer through a series of pulsating horizontal bars, that were focused by the lens and written to the watch EEPROM memory through an optoelectronic transducer operating in the visible light spectrum and employing optical scanning technology.

Pulse (signal processing)

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Data was transmitted from the CRT of the computer through a series of pulsating horizontal bars, that were focused by the lens and written to the watch EEPROM memory through an optoelectronic transducer operating in the visible light spectrum and employing optical scanning technology.

EEPROM

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Data was transmitted from the CRT of the computer through a series of pulsating horizontal bars, that were focused by the lens and written to the watch EEPROM memory through an optoelectronic transducer operating in the visible light spectrum and employing optical scanning technology.

Computer memory

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Data was transmitted from the CRT of the computer through a series of pulsating horizontal bars, that were focused by the lens and written to the watch EEPROM memory through an optoelectronic transducer operating in the visible light spectrum and employing optical scanning technology.