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    Casio WQV-1 camera watch.

    Introduced in mid-2000, the Casio WQV-1 has the distinction of being the first (digital) camera wristwatch in the world.

    The watch has a '1/14 inch monochrome CMOS sensor' -- good for 16 greyscale pictures at 120x120 resolution. Pictures are stored in the 1 megabyte of internal memory, and can only be transferred by IR port.

    Bulky as you'd expect from a Casio, and totally made of plastic. Looking and feeling rather cheap, except it wasn't. This watch would set you back a whopping 250 dollars, back in 2000.

    My example was acquired on Ebay, in june of 2008. I purchased a New Old Stock example - unused, with box, papers, including unused adapter etc. - for 20 British pounds. (about 40 dollars)

    Obviously, I didn't buy it because of the image quality. It's a nice collectible and a piece of tech history in its own right.

    1. cookie poppets 77 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Low Res Digital Camera Collection, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. cookie poppets 77 months ago | reply

      I KNOW. Has your breathing regained its normal rhythm, yet? Me, I think I'm getting hives.

    3. Jim Rees 76 months ago | reply

      I got mine on eBay several years ago for US$30. It still works, but the Palmpilot I used to use to transfer the photos has crapped out.

      I've got a group for photos taken with these. Please join if you feel so inclined.
      www.flickr.com/groups/22762428@N00/pool/

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