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Readers of a certain age may remember the US comic-strip detective Dick Tracy and his radio watch. While the digital watch seemed to have consigned the concept of wearing a high-tech device strapped around your wrist fairly firmly to the 1980s, the idea has been making something of a come-back recently.

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By  Peter Branton Published  March 24, 2004

Readers of a certain age may remember the US comic-strip detective Dick Tracy and his radio watch. While the digital watch seemed to have consigned the concept of wearing a high-tech device strapped around your wrist fairly firmly to the 1980s, the idea has been making something of a come-back recently. First up was Microsoft’s much-touted “smart watch” which features a link to the MSN Direct service, and which one Bill Gates proudly sported at the last Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Now storage device maker LaCie has announced that it has begun shipping its flash memory storage device, the LaCie Data Watch. In the press release informing us of this, the company proudly stated that this stylish watch features a black designer wristband and allows for true portability, so users can safely transport up to 128MB of information from one location to another. In any case, the LaCie Data Watch features convenient USB 2.0 interface and delivers fast transfer rates that are seven times faster than USB 1.1. — up to 7.39MB/s when writing and up to 7.68MB/s when reading. This small storage device can also be connected to earlier-generation USB 1.1 devices and does not require an AC adapter. It can be powered by the USB bus, offering complete, unrestrained mobility. Reassuringly, LaCie says this watch is removable, as well as compact and easy to use for universal, cost-effective information exchange and cross-platform data shuttle. The LaCie Data Watch’s widely-compatible USB interface enables simple transfer of audio files, presentations, spreadsheets or documents, and allows for easy connection to Mac and PC computers. With the ability to function as a bootable disk for system startup, this watch offers simple setup, plug-and play-convenience and hot-swappable capabilities for quick and easy data sharing between home and work.

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