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What is a smartwatch? Here's everything you need to know

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On the eve of Apple's big announcement, let's recall the strange history of the wrist-worn device

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Sometimes you hear a word so many times that you assume you know what it means. That's how I felt about the smartwatch. I vaguely remembered my father's Casio of the 1990s, and I had a general idea of what made a smartwatch smart. But after a conversation with The Verge's resident smartwatch expert, Dan Seifert, I realized there was plenty I hadn't known about the fashionable device.

I recorded that conversation for The Verge's new podcast, What's Tech? Give the show 15 minutes, and I promise you'll sound like an expert when your parents ask, "What the hell is this Apple Watch the news keeps talking about?"

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