What Time is it?

12 05 2012



I had a very interesting couple of conversations with some friends of mine about clocks this past week. The first was with Michael, a Vietnam Vet I know who owns a little store. He gets teenagers in there constantly and they will ask him what time it is. He tells them the clock is over the door and they stare at it. He said sometimes they stare for 5 minutes before they ask him again, “What time is it?” It seems that they can’t tell time on anything that isn’t digital. I found that hard to believe. I mean granted I’ve reached my 40’s but I distinctly remember being a kid and having to do all sorts of worksheets with clocks on them.


Sometimes I had to draw the hands of the clocks to represent the time given. Other times I had to write down what time the clock was showing me. I had a digital watch and couldn’t understand why I needed to know that stuff (it turns out I was right about a lot of the stuff being useless and outdated but I’m still glad I learned it).


That led to my second conversation with Joy a 4th grade teacher. I asked her if they still had the clock worksheets. Joy has taught every grade from 1-6 so I thought she ought to know. She said that she hasn’t used those sheets for 20 years at least. It seems that learning how to tell time on a standard clock is no longer considered a necessary still. This despite the fact that standard clocks are still in use…oh everywhere!


As a result, many kids today cannot tell time unless it’s digital. No wonder so many of them are chronically late…..all those clocks and no one can read them…..



Steampunk Industrial Cuff Watch

12 06 2010

If you are a Steampunk fan then do I have a watch for you!
With the Steampunk trend still going strong, many are still creating lots of fun things for us to drool over.  This new one has found it’s way onto eBay.  The watch was of course handmade and comes complete with brass hardware as well as little vintage clock parts and gears.  For the watch itself he used a vintage quartz Giani-Giorgio watch. You can find it on Amazon.

Game Show Clock

28 05 2010

“Wheel….of….Fortune!!!” Remember that zany game show from the early 1980s, where Pat Sajak and the ever lovely Vanna White (also the world’s most frequent TV clapper) kept us glued to our seats as we attempted to solve puzzle after puzzle in the classic gameshow. Well, time has certainly passed in the two decades, and while such game shows are no longer drawing in the audience quite unlike reality TV, you can still bring home a slice of nostalgia with the $27.99 Game Show Clock. There are no puzzles to solve except the one that your boss throws onto your desk, and if you are a clock watcher, surely you would love for the needles to land on the time where you are supposed to get off work – as stated in the employment letter, anyways. Definitely worth a purchase if you want to take a walk down memory lane, or know a Wheel of Fortune enthusiast.

8 05 2009

Do you often have problems with perfect strangers stopping you to ask the time? Me either, but just in case, here is how to stop people asking you the time when walking down the street. They will be able to tell you as the digital display is right in front of them. You wouldn’t set the time wrong to confuse them, would you? But it’s fun.
As with Henry Ford, this is available in any color as long as it is black the Digital Clock T-Shirt has an electro-luminescent panel on the front that displays the current time in glowing green numbers. And if the static display doesn’t fit your style you can select up to 8 different flashing patterns or even switch it to a stopwatch mode.

The shirt is powered by 4 AAA batteries which are held in a pocket inside the shirt and will last between 12-36 hours depending on the flashing mode selected.
The shirt is hand-wash only. Get one here!

Accenda Sunshine Voice Activated Talking Alarm Clock

17 04 2009

It seems like every day that someone comes up with an alarm clock “like no other”, and we have reported on many here at Coolest Gadgets. One of the most unique that I have seen lately is the Accenda Sunshine Voice Activated Talking Alarm Clock.

The Accenda Sunshine isn’t just an alarm clock that you set before you go to bed at night, and use only when you get up in the morning. This is one that you can use all day. For example, you can record a memo for you or someone else to hear, and then set the alarm to remind you of an event. You can record up to three individual alarms for this personal touch during the day.

The clock also can audibly tell you the time. All you have to do is just say: “what time is it”, and it will tell you the time and day of the week. It also has another bonus feature that will turn on the TV when the alarm goes off.

The Accenda Sunshine Voice Activated Talking Alarm Clock runs on three C batteries, or it can just plug into the wall. You should be able to purchase this product at the Smart Home site for about $69.99.

Internet Clock Radio

2 03 2009

The one thing I am missing from around my computer area is a decent clock radio. If I hadoneI wouldn’t be up at 4 in the morning blogging away about gadgets and such. Here is a simple internet clock radio. The Internet Clock Radio needs the basic free version of a RealPlayer plugin but othwerwise it’s good to go.