The player comes with a base station that connects to your PC through a USB port, so you can transfer music files from your hard drive; the base station also recharges the batteries. Each song has a little liquid-crystal graphics display that accompanies it, and serious train spotters can even edit those graphics using a program called Dance Producer that comes with the watch. Dance, little pixels! Dance!
The range of stuff we can strap to our wrist is expanding, and it’s hard to resist evocations of Dick Tracy — so why restrain ourselves? Like the cartoon character of yore, the fantasyland possibilities of what feats can be performed with a little miniature tech magic have become reality with a new line of clever digital watches from Casio. For starters, there’s a fully functional MP3 player — albeit a pretty chunky one, with an equally chunky name: the WMP-IV Wrist Audio Player. The WMP-IV holds 16 MB of music, which is about half an hour at CD-level sound quality, and it has a tiny and very cool graphic equalizer mode with five settings.