|Geochron: Man's Natural Timepiece||
From the first crude sundials
that divided the days into vague and irregular intervals to the
finest navigational chronometers that maintain split-second accuracy
over long periods, our basic source of time has always been the
rotation of the earth we live on and the apparent motion of the
sun that this rotation causes. Even before any concept of time
existed, the daily alternation of light and darkness must have
regulated man's activities, as it does the activities of animals
today. As recently as one hundred years ago, every city, town
and hamlet on earth observed its own local time based on the
instant that the sun reached its zenith at that locality, and
"high noon" was the universal time for setting clocks
|The Time Zone Problem||
Those simple and straightforward days of Local Sun Time ended when the first transcontinental rail roads ushered in the era of modern long-distance transportation. The time confusion for travellers and trainmen became so great on long trips that in the 1870s the 24 "standard" world time zones we know today were set up by international agreement. These zones solved one problem but created another. Today, in our age of high speed jet travel, electronic communications and growing international involvement, more and more people need to know or are interested in knowing what time it is somewhere else, often halfway around the earth. The problem that time zones created is that the ordinary clock and watch are highly inadequate for telling on a global basis.
|The Inadequacy Of The Clock||
Conventional clocks are
essentially local time indicators and no more. The last basic
innovation in design of clocks, outside of improved accuracy
and minor gimmickry, was back in the 17th century when someone
added the minute hand to the thereto fore single-handed clock
dial. Because clocks and watches present time as an abstract
and sometimes meaningless number, learning the time in another
part of the world is a matter of working with other abstract
numbers, time zone conversion factors, as well as figuring out
whether it is A.M. or P.M., what day of the week and what date
it is. Since there are at least 34 local world time zones (24
standard and 10 non-standard) the problem is not simple. And
for this same reason, the idea of multiple dials or clocks for
keeping track of time is impractical.
|Geochron: The new Global Timepiece||
The Geochron solves all
these problems in one stroke by combining the answers to the
two questions "What time?" and "Where?" in
a single easy-to-read graphic analogue. Physically, the Geochron
looks like a framed world map, about 3 feet by 2 feet in size.
It is designed to be hung on the wall. The colourful map itself,
a precision Mercator projection printed on dimensionally-stable
Maylar, is an endless belt that is driven slowly from left to
right by an electric clock motor in synchronisation with the
rotation of the earth. All known legal time zone boundaries are
delineated on the map by dark blue lines which in most cases,
converge on lettered pointers at the top edge of the map. These
letters identify the standard time zones and also represent the
short-wave radio prefix for that zone.
|Reading Global Time on the Geochron||
The time zone arrows point
to a stationary time scale across the top of the map that reads
from midnight at the left, through noon in the middle, to midnight
again at the right. To read the time in any standard zone in
the world, you simply find that place on the map, zone boundaries
to the arrow which points out the correct time. Certain non-standard
and pocketed zones have boundaries that do not extend to the
arrow. These are marked with a letter and a number. The letters
tells you which arrow to read and the number shows the deviation
from standard time. In case of India, for example, the designation
is E + 30. This means that you add 30 minutes to the time you
read on the E pointer. Simple addition of a fraction of an hour
in the case of the 10 non-standard zones is the only calculation
ever required in reading the Geochron.
|Reading the Date and the Day of the week on the Geochron||
Since the map is moving
slowly across the frame from left to right, the International
Dateline crosses the frame once each day. The days of the week
observed on either side of the Dateline are displayed in windows
near the bottom of the map. The date and month for these two
days are likewise shown on an indicator mounted at the bottom
of the Geochron.
|Geochron: Graphic Analogue of Day and Night||
Perhaps the most fascinating
thing about the Geochron is that it shows the exact portions
of the earth that are in daylight and those that are in darkness
at the very instant you are observing the Geochron. The brightly
illuminated pattern in the centre of the map delineates those
areas that are in daylight. The left edge of this pattern is
the line of sunrise as it sweeps across the earth, and the right
edge is the line of sunset. Because the length of the day is
changing daily as the earth progresses through its seasons, the
light pattern on the Geochron changes also, almost imperceptibly
from day to day. Thus, with Geochron you can read the time of
sunrise and sunset and the relative length of day and nightfall
This illuminated pattern also shows the progress of the seasons during the year, from winter trough spring, summer, autumn and back to winter again. Such hereto fore abstract phenomena as the summer and winter solstices on the dates of the longest and shortest days of the year and the vernal and autumnal equinoxes when the day and night are of equal length, are clearly and graphically shown by the Geochron light pattern.
Because the Geochron is a graphic analogue, the viewer soon gains an instinctive appreciation of what time it is everywhere. It no longer becomes necessary to read an abstract number to know if it is an appropriate time to call someone in San Francisco California, or Sydney Australia. A glance at the light pattern on the map instantly tells you whether it is daylight at those places or the middle of the night.
|Other uses for the Geochron||
The Geochron is provided
with two simple basic controls that allow it to be used for far
more then just telling time.
One knob at the base of the unit allows to move the map horizontally across the frame. It is used basically to set the correct time on the Geochron scale when it is first plugged in. By moving the map, you can determine the time of sunrise and sunset at any locality on that day and see the relative effect of latitude on these times.
The second knob at the base of the unit allows you to set the date indicator to any day of any month in the year. Since the light pattern mechanism is coupled to the date indicator, this also changes and shows the light condition on earth at that time of the year. This feature has been found valuable by educators, motion picture producers, military men, as well as by the average person who just wants some help in planning his/her vacation. The Geochron also shows the exact zenith position of the sun at any time on any date and graphically indicates the relationship between Apparent Solar Time and Mean Solar Time as expressed in the Equation of time. This is indicated by a small black dot that follows the zenith position of the sun as it traverses the earth.
|Geochron: Modern Successor to the Wall Clock||
The Geochron is the new
world timepiece for the those in business, government or private
affairs whose time telling needs or interests extend the boundaries
of their own local time zones. It can truly be called the modern
successor to the wall clock in this modern age of high-speed
international travel, communication and world involvement.
To accommodate the wide variety of market applications, the Geochron is available in four different models: The Standard Geochron, the Original Kilburg Geochron, the Executive Model Geochron and the Boardroom Geochron. Units are manufactured for the different electrical specifications required by countries around the world i.e. 110/220VAC 50/60Hz. In addition a variety of housing finishes and mounting hardware options are available. So there you have it. Of course, there is plenty more we could tell you about the Geochron Global Time Indicator. But by now we figure you have all the facts needed to make an intelligent purchase decision.
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Thanks for reading this article. We hope you now understand why Geochron is, without a doubt, the premier world timepiece for anyone whose personal or professional interests lie beyond the boundaries of local time zones.
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