COMMUNICATIONS: A Page from The Comics

A Page from The Comics

Dick Tracy's famed wrist radio may be making its way to retail stores. Last week the Japanese watchmaker Seiko introduced a digital timepiece that can display long-distance messages received over FM radio waves. Like conventional beepers, the $275 Receptor MessageWatch can signal its wearer to call the office, phone home or dial a specific number displayed on the face. Messages are relayed in about one minute through a system of phone networks, FM transmitters and a miniature receiver inside the watchband.

The receptor will be marketed by AT&E, a San Francisco-based telecommunications firm, starting next month in Portland, Ore., and in...

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