Before there was Starbucks and iPhones, before there were laptops and iPads, before there were PCs and Microsoft Windows, indeed, before Gates and Allen met and created DOS, there was the Hamilton watch company in Lancaster, PA, making what they described as a "computer time piece." The technology was remarkable, grounding breaking for its time, causing celebrities like Johnny Carson to stare at it in wonder. When the Pulsar LED digital watch was introduced, it was ground breaking and sui generis- people stared at it as if it was from another planet-or time- and indeed it was from another time- a time twenty years hence.
This is a remarkable video we stumbled upon. The first two minutes are amazing, the first fourteen or so are the commercial for the "computer" and the remaining part of the video consists of film clips of people in 1970 staring at the thing from the future in wonder. If they only knew then what the world had in store for them…..
The Pulsar retailed for $2,500.00, or $400 more than you could buy a new car for at the time.
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