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PostPosted: September 14th, 2007 14:46:05 pm 
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I have noticed for sale on ThinkGeek "binary" watches. These display the time as a pair of binary numbers, each shown with an LED for each bit, representing the hours and minutes.

This is all very well, but I can see two shortcomings:
1. They only display the time to within 1 minute, and sometimes more accuracy is desirable.
2. They are not properly showing the time in binary - they are in fact using base 60. A proper binary watch would show the time as the binary encoding of a number which increases by 1 at regular intervals.

I suppose 2 makes it much easier to get used to, and faster to compare with times expressed conventionally, but then again, so would just using decimal in place of the binary.
It looks like 1 has in this case been dictated by the space available on the watch face, but smaller bits could be used to avoid this issue.

So does anyone know of any binary watches and/or clocks which differ in either of these respects?


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This strip has a binary clock with a seconds note.

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Yes, but that only exists in the future.


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My binary clock displays seconds, but it still has the mixed base issue. It's not just 2 and 60, either — there's a separate column of bits corresponding to each digit on a regular clock, so that bases 2, 10, and 60 are all involved. And 12, I guess, for the behavior of the hours.

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Yeah, but if it didn't have those it wouldn't be very easy to read. So it's good.

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