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    Re: Digital or analogue timekeepers
    From: Hewitt Schlereth
    Date: 2009 Jan 24, 10:28 -0400

    Re iThingie. I dig it. BTW: Didn't Dick Tracy have one of them thar
    then?  -Hewitt
    On 1/24/09, frankreed@historicalatlas.com  wrote:
    >  Peter, you wrote:
    >  "On the other hand (ho ho) I'd rather wear a watch with an analogue 
    display, as a quick glance 'tells the time' quite well enough when precision 
    isn't needed.  A digital display needs mental interpretation, mental 
    rounding, as in:
    >  "19:38:52 .. hmm .. that means its about twenty to eight".  Learning as 
    much from a graphical display, which is what an analogue watch-face offers, 
    is much quicker, and involves no conscious effort at all."
    > I agree. Within a short period of time, common consumer watches should have 
    no problem switching from one type of display to another, and I would guess 
    some already do. It's merely a software problem. Watches are rapidly 
    converging with tiny computers.
    >  Myself, I want a modern pocket watch --a pocket-sized device that will let 
    me select an analog or a digital time display. It should allow me to set 
    alarms and maybe include a planning calendar. And what the heck, let's throw 
    in a web browser, high-speed Internet access, maybe GPS, music and video 
    playing software, some cool games, a basic camera... and, dare I dream, the 
    ability to make phone calls, too. Hey! I think I should patent this idea. I 
    will call it the iThingie.
    >  -FER
    >  >
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