WE LIKE RETRO MASHUPS ROUND HERE, but things are getting ridiculous. Now we have the Doctor Moreau-like Windows 98, Raspberry Pi smartwatch to make us really consider getting ourselves some hobbies, or at best, plans for the weekend.
The watch is shown off, in a way, on the 314 Reactor blog, which is all about electronic experimentation. We've been dismissive about this particular work, but only because we are at the stage in our lives when we just hate to hear the words Windows 98. We love a project though, and a Raspberry Pi one is usually a good thing. We can see where the creator is coming from.
"I have always had somewhat of a soft-spot for Windows 98, despite it driving me insane back in the day on my old Pentium II system. But these days I don't HAVE to suffer it as my only source of computing; which, somehow makes me want to go back and use it," says the author who declares himself as Reddit user Lord_of_Bone.
"I also love emulation, the idea of running an operating system on virtual hardware? That's awesome. It's like the Matrix, or something. On top of this I love wearable/small tech and nowadays I have the ability to make things like this. So I thought, wouldn't it be ridiculous and awesome to have Windows 98 on my wrist?"
Why not indeed? Well, from here and from a position of ‘too late' we would point out that the thing is ugly, and also it runs Windows 98, which is considered dead even by Microsoft.
Sir Bone used a Raspberry Pi A model, you can see some of it sticking out from the side of the screen. He says that he had one of these hanging around, but is planning to upgrade to a Raspberry Pi 3. To be honest, we would suggest a Pi Zero, but we ain't the boss of him.
He admits that the thing doesn't run particularly well, something that has put him off a multi-boot version that also includes Windows XP.
"I'm tempted to put the other buttons to use and have them launch different versions of Windows - 95, ME, XP. Would be fun to have the ability to launch them all (non-concurrently). Although I imagine XP will run even worse than 98," he added.
Dream on dreamer. µ
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