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Flashback Friday: Wrist Radios

by Sean P. Aune | September 6, 2013September 6, 2013 11:00 pm PST

With the Samsung Galaxy Gear out in the world now, the comparisons to the infamous Dick Tracy 2-Way Wrist Radio are inevitable. And honestly, as well they should be.

The Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on Oct. 4, 1931, but the 2-Way Wrist Radio, arguably the most recognizable item from the series, didn’t appear until Jan. 13, 1946. The Wrist Radio quickly became one of the most recognizable and iconic parts of the comic strip and has worked its way deep into pop culture and the dreams of tech geeks everywhere.

It always did look a bit silly in the comic strip or various other media to see Tracy talking to his wrist, but people dreamed of the day it would happen. Well, we’re there now. The question is if people will actually flock to it like they always said they would. My gut feeling is they won’t descend upon it swarms, but it will definitely have a place in the gadget landscape.

And you just know everyone who wears one will make at least one Dick Tracy joke no matter how much they deny it.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...