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A never-used 1988 “WristMac” smartwatch, still in its original packaging, is expected to fetch between $ 25,000 and $ 50,000 at auction.
The WristMac was a watch made by Seiko that used AppleTalk to connect to a Mac. First released in 1988, the most notable use was aboard the space shuttle “Atlantis”.
As reported at the time by New York Times, in 1991, “Atlantis” had famously a Macintosh Portable on board for sending emails. What’s less well known is that the astronauts each wore a WristMac that was used in ways that will be surprisingly recognizable to today’s Apple Watch owners.
“When it’s time to take pictures of a particular move on Earth or in the cosmos,” it said New York Times, “a WristMac will sound an alarm and display a two-line individual reminder task.”
Now an original, unused, even unopened WristMac is being auctioned off ComicConnect.com. More usually accustomed to auctioning pop culture memorabilia, the company is bidding on WristMac from November 22, 2021 to December 18, 2021.
“It’s an incredible find – one of the earliest examples of laptop technology,” said Stephen Fishler, ComicConnect CEO and co-founder. “The WristMac has rarely been seen since its inception over 30 years ago – and it’s likely to be years before another shows up.”
“The WristMac is so rare that it’s hard to predict what it will sell for,” he continued. “We could not find any recently confirmed sales.”
This particular WristMac was sold for less than $ 50 in a Connecticut Mac stock closing sale. The buyer never opened the original packaging.