Prototype, Wrist Computer Regional Information and Communication Port (concept model). Designed by Lisa Krohn. 1988
Created in 1988 by American designer Lisa Krohn, the Wrist Computer Regional Information and Communication Port is a concept model for a device that combines telephony and computing. While the idea for such devices dates back to the early 1970s, the first prototype of an actual cellular phone that incorporated computing features wasn’t introduced until 1992. Krohn’s Wrist Computer predates this by four years and, rather than following the archetype of the telephone, she rethinks the possibilities of what the technology can be in relation to the human body.
Krohn’s Wrist Computer is made of malleable silicon rubber, designed to be worn around the wrist and secured with a button. Its intended functions include a phone, compass, clock, and regional information guide, and according to the designer, it “is capable of detecting its geographic location via satellite link.” A flap holding a speaker that activates the phone function of the device can be wrapped around the middle finger, mimicking the position used when holding a telephone. When not in use it buttons back onto the wrist, partially covering the keyboard and small screen.
Wow. 1988. This thing is fantastic.