The most retro-chic cell phone concept at CES was the advent of actual wrist phones, devices that seem straight out of Dick Tracy and James Bond adventures. The display of LG’s wearable mobile communicator, called the “watch phone,” was mobbed by the curious, who were enthused by the touch screen, the MP3 player, and the video cam (for conferencing) all on board. LG has no firm plans to release its wrist phone in the U.S.
Meanwhile, a small company out of Canada called Nutec was showing its own “ultimate wrist gadget,” a $299 watch phone developed by the company’s president, Gary Rotman. “This is spy tech,” said Rotman. “It’s a phone, a camera, a media player, FM radio and a storage device. Cool, huh?” Rotman is currently looking for a U.S. carrier for his GSM-ready device.