#1755: Teachtime

Today’s invention is a touchscreen watch suitable for children trying to learn about the weird alternative ways we have for describing the time of day.

The top left image shows the verbal version of the conventional description of minutes in the position and orientation of the hand itself. A moment later, the same convention would be applied to the hours description. This would clarify one difficult part of telling the time…getting the minute and hour descriptions in the right order.

A contrasting arrangement could then be generated for the same time as described according to the 24 hour clock (in which the order is, confusingly, hours then minutes.)

A further description could then appear which would be simply the digital version of this time ie 9:15