Casio’s Surprising History of Smartwatches

When the Apple watch was released just two months ago, thousands lined up to obtain its futuristic functionalities, including music-playing and heart-rate-tracking. But what many don’t know is that lots of the buzzed-about features have been available for decades—most notably in the design-forward watches of Casio. As a nod to its rich and innovative design history, the Japanese electronics company is currently displaying its most forward-thinking models, including a watch from 1994 that could detect when your cellphone was about to ring and vibrate your wrist as a notification. See more of Casio’s wild designs on The Verge.