Seiko UC-2000 Wrist PC: The '80s Attempt To Live The Cyborg Life

The UC-2000 or "Wrist Information System" was one of Seiko's attempts (circa 1984) to create a wearable, portable computer. Of course, you couldn't do much more than input around 2K of data, tell the time and perform calculator functions.

The picture above implies that the watch had a gigantic keyboard attached to it which is a little misleading. The UC-2100 keyboard is actually a pocket-sized dock that is used to control the device. There was also the option of purchasing the larger UC-2200 which included a spool-fed printer, 4K of RAM and 26K of ROM via a plug-in Application ROM pack (contained Microsoft Basic — other ROM packs included games or an English-Japanese translation app). Essentially, this keyboard turned your watch into a PC with a really, really tiny 10x4 character display.

In 1984, purchasing the Wrist Information System would have set you back $US300 — or about $US624 in today's dollars. Makes that smartphone seem like a bargain doesn't it? [Pocket Calculator Show]

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