An extremely rare 1988 wearable device called the “WristMac” is currently up for auction at ComicConnect. Seiko and partner company Ex Machina made this ancestor of the smartwatch, not Apple, but it could connect to the Macintosh and perform certain functions – and its version even did that in the Space Shuttle mission. It is expected to cost between $ 25,000 and $ 100,000.
We’ll have to see if it’s that high. The auction started on Monday at a price of 1 USD. It was $ 950 on Tuesday with 30 bids. The auction lasts until December 18.
Seiko WristMac: An early example of wearable technology
WristMac is an early example of wearable technology. Apple failed, although the auction highlights Apple’s connection. The watch came out about 25 years before the first Apple Watch and about a year before the Apple Portable, the company’s first battery-powered laptop.
But the WristMac served as a programmable wristwatch that could be connected to a Macintosh. It could store phone numbers, execute one-time and recurring alarms, and make export notes as a text file to disk.
In 1991, NASA astronauts in the Atlantis space shuttle carried the WristMac to help them communicate with the ship’s Macintosh Portable and Apple Link software, through which they sent the first e-mail from space.
Rare and difficult to evaluate
Because WristMacs are so rare today, there are no recent sales of them that would indicate the expected selling price. ComicConnect CEO Stephen Fishler said he expects the WristMac list to sell for between $ 1,000 and $ 100,000, with the final selling price likely to be between $ 25,000 and $ 50,000.
“It’s an amazing discovery – one of the earliest examples of wearable computer technology,” Fishler said. “WristMac has rarely been seen since its inception more than 30 years ago – and it will probably be years before another one appears.”
This never-worn WristMac, which originally sold for $ 50, comes with an original box and contents. Contains docking station, registration card, reference manual and floppy disk with WristMac 1.2 software.
Where to bid: ComicConnect
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