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The First "Wearable" Technology: the "Nuremberg Egg" Watch *

The exact date is fuzzy for the invention of the pocket watch, and several people want to claim its invention but it was PROBABLY Peter Henlein... a young locksmith taking refuge from the law in a Nuremberg monastery a few years ago. He has a lot of time on his hands, so to speak, so he creates a better clock. Clocks of this time are delicate devices that require a sturdy base but Peter creates a more durable mechanism inside of an intense-burner that was used to protect one's self from the Plague. (If the incense is smokey enough it keeps people away from you so it probably helps.) His new table clock probably kept time for 14-16 hours and was accurate to within a half hour... a miracle! This year he has produced a wearable clock with only an hour hand. It's spring mechanism lasts for 40 hours on a winding. It has a spherical casing called a "Nuremberg egg". It is a work of art that is pinned to one's clothing or worn as a pendant. [1] [2] [3] [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Nowadays pocket watches are disappearing. Personally, I find a wrist watch uncomfortable and I've stopped carrying a pocket watch. Apparently the manufacturers can no longer produce one that actually tells the time more accurately than Peter Henlein's original watch. (I'm not kidding. The timekeeping is hideous.) Now I flip open my cell phone to see the time. The tech media has been crowing over the possibilities of wearable technology ever since the comic-strip hero, Dick Tracy, used a "2-Way Wrist Radio" in 1946. As of this writing, the Apple Watch is being released in 2015. It seems like an solution looking for a problem to solve. Time will tell. [5] [6]

Henry the 8th Takes the Throne by Storm

King Henry the 7th of England has died of tuberculosis at age 52. His son, King Henry the 8th, takes the throne. He is 17 years old. Shortly thereafter he has two of his father's ministers arrested and tried for treason and extortion. They are beheaded and the money they stole is returned to the people, thus, making King Henry a very popular man. He quickly marries Catherine of Aragon, a marriage that his father had forbidden. However, King Henry reports that his father changed his mind on his deathbed. (Yeah... funny thing those deathbed conversations. The dead are so talkative.) Sir Thomas More wrote of King Henry the 8th, "The King has a way of making every man feel that he is enjoying his special favour." Sir Thomas More will be singled out for the King's special attention. In the future he will be tried for treason and beheaded for opposing the Protestant Reformation. The feces is about to hit the rotating oscillator. [7] [8] [9]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Aside from that silly song from 1965, what people remember most about King Henry the 8th were his many wives that he had beheaded including Anne Boleyn. He also had an affair with her sister, Mary Boleyn. The King had taken a real liking to the Boleyn family. His first bodyguard was Sir Thomas Boleyn, the father of Anne and Mary. Later Sir Thomas will be appointed Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, but once his daughter is executed, he will lose that office and die miserable. Of course that may be better than what happened to his successor. The next Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal will end up with his head on a pike on London Bridge for saying that King Henry was impotent. Oddly, that was not on the list of crimes when the poor man was indicted. Later, King Henry would remark that the fellow was the most loyal man he ever had. With friends like the King, who needs enemies?[10]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1509, Wikipedia.

See Also


* The asterisk in the section header indicates that it was read on the podcast.
  1. Peter Henlein (PDF). Retrieved on January 23, 2015.
  2. Portable Watches (PDF). Retrieved on January 23, 2015.
  3. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chronometrie - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 January 2015. “Today the bulk of the membership unites collectors, scholars and museum professionals interested in the historical aspects of clocks, sundials and watches.”
  4. Spherical Table Watch (Melanchthon's Watch) (IMAGE). The Walters Art Museum (2015). Retrieved on 23 January 2015.
  5. Wearable computer - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 January 2015.
  6. Apple Watch - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 January 2015.
  7. Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings. Ballantine Books. ISBN 9780345521354. “In April 1509, Henry VII died, and his son, the tall and handsome young Henry VIII, ascended the throne to an outburst of popular acclaim. On May 11, Thomas Boleyn performed his last duty for the old King, serving as Esquire of the Body at his funeral [...] He was dubbed a Knight of the Bath [...] and soon afterward was appointed a Knight of the Body to Henry VIII, a position that required him to serve as bodyguard to the King, sleeping on a pallet outside Henry's door, in turn with other Knights of the Body.” 
  8. Henry VIII of England - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 22 January 2015.
  9. Catherine of Aragon - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 22 January 2015.
  10. I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 January 2015.

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