Linux Watch - overview

Linux Watch (WatchPad™) 1999-2004

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Between 2000-2004 the IBM Linux Watch made several advances for mobile computing that spanned system design, power management, user interfaces, applications, and device symbiosis. In Eric Raymond’s words, the Linux Watch initiated up the takeover of the embedded space by Linux, which was previously dominated by several proprietary operating systems.


Aug 2000:  At Linux World 2000 in San Jose, IBM Research demonstrates Linux on a wrist watch.  This illustrates value of Linux across many platforms, including pervasive devices.  More technical details can be found here.

Dec 2000: IBM demonstrated the Linux Watch with Bluetooth capabilities at Bluetooth Developers Conference 2000 in San Jose, CA.

Jan 2001:  IBM and eMagin Corporation demonstrate a high resolution Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display for the Linux Watch at the Consumer Electronics show  in Las Vegas.  More details can be found here.

Mar 2001: Linux Watch is shown at CeBIT. The interaction between the watch and IBM WebSphere software is shown. Several tens of thousands of visitors, including, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, see the watch.

Oct 2001:  Citizen Watch and IBM Research announced that they have started a research collaboration on the Linux Watch technology.

Aug 2002:  IBM demonstrates mobile IPv6 on the Linux Watch at Linux World 2002 in San Francisco

May 2003: IBM demonstrates Mobile Web Services on the Linux Watch at the first MobiSys conference in San Francisco.

Mar 2004: IBM demonstrates the symobiosis between the LinuxWatch and the EveryWhere Displays at Percom 2004.


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