Was Dick Tracy The Character Who Invented The Smart Watch?

By | May 30, 2018

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Portrait of Dick Tracy Creator Chester Gould (Getty Images)

Apple came out with their invention of the Apple Watch as the first Smart Watch on April 24, 2015, wowing wrists everywhere. However, the idea of wearing a tech gadget on your wrist was really seen worn first by a comic strip character named Dick Tracy.

Dick Tracy was his name and fighting crime was his game, depicting the battles between law enforcement and the violence of Chicago-style gangsters. He was a ruggedly handsome square-jawed detective who fought against the worst and most dangerous criminals.

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The daily comic strip made its first appearance in print for the public to read on October 14, 1931 in The Detroit Mirror and was distributed by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. It quickly gained in popularity and spread to newspapers nationally. The Dick Tracy Sunday comic strip had traditionally been a full-page episode containing 12 panels but during the 1970s was reduced in size to only a half-page print format.