One of the first smartwatches on record was the 1927 "Plus Four Wristlet Route Indicator."
The device was British-made and cost five pounds in the late 1920s, or approximately $75 by today's standards when adjusted for inflation.
The watch came with 20 "preloaded" maps, but owners could have ordered more to cover all of England, although most of the set journeys commenced in London.
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"It is a great idea but it would have been quite fiddly to keep winding the map on as you drove and when you wanted to change a map you would have to pull off the road," Maurice Collins, the owner of the collection of devices which was on display told the Daily Mail. "It would probably have been used by people who were taking day trips from London and would have been sold in car shops alongside driving gloves and maps."
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