Seiko unveils computer watch

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TOKYO -- Japanese electronics equipment maker Seiko Industries Inc. will launch the world's first wristwatch-sized personal computer in Japan on June 10. The computer watch, called Ruputer, can download text and pictures through a computer interface, a company spokeswoman said.

The computer watches will come in two models that will have retail prices of $292 and $369. Seiko would not comment on plans to take the computer watches to overseas markets, saying nothing has been decided about exporting the product.

The watches are equipped with a 16-bit central processing unit and 128 kilobytes of memory. They can use infrared signals to exchange data with other computer watches and personal computers. The watches come with three software applications based on Microsoft's Windows 95 operating system and can play games as well. The company aims to sell 100,000 watches in the first year.

Copyright April 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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