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Wordy Watch

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This is a "digital" watch, but it has no numbers. Its display has room for five segments:

1. ABOUT / JUST AFTER / ALMOST
2. FIVE / TEN / QUARTER / TWENTY / TWENTY-FIVE / HALF
3. OF / TO / PAST / AFTER
4. ONE / TWO / THREE / ... / ELEVEN / TWELVE / NOON
5. THIRTY / FIFTEEN / O'CLOCK

It simply displays a verbal account of the time in words, for example: "ALMOST QUARTER PAST FIVE" or "ABOUT SIX THIRTY". (You can set options as to whether the "half past" or "__ thirty" phraseology will be used, or either at random.)

This way, if a stranger asks you for the time, you don't have to exert your hippocampus converting numerals into words because you can just read it off the watch.

Also makes a great wall clock.

phundug, Dec 20 2004

Wordy http://www.lookandr...k/trivia/wordy.html
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       What if the stranger comes at midnight?
FarmerJohn, Dec 20 2004
  

       Half past eleven thirty.
yabba do yabba dabba, Dec 20 2004
  

       2. Twenty, twenty five? 3. To/Past ?
A selection menu for different languages - my watch already works with all languages. Anyway +
Ling, Dec 20 2004
  

       That's where the "Five to eleven thirty" usage comes in. JK :) yes, it'll be settable to your timetelling preferences.
phundug, Dec 20 2004
  

       It would save me the effort of looking at my watch, deciphering that it's 11:56, and then translating that into "almost noon." People always look at me funny when they ask the time and I actually tell them what my watch says. [~C]
contracts, Dec 20 2004
  

       This is one of the best timekeeping ideas I have read. Easy to build and marketable.
wagster, Dec 20 2004
  

       For military time, “hundred” and “hours” could be added, though I’m not sure they’d appreciate the format; “almost ten after fifteen hundred thirty hours”... Sir!
Shz, Dec 20 2004
  

       I have a feeling I've seen an analogue version of this, but I cannot find it, and if I did yours is different anyway. So, pastry time.
JeremiahBritt, Dec 20 2004
  

       Maybe you were thinking of mine (link) that has a similar display.
FarmerJohn, Dec 20 2004
  
      
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