K-sec_01

K-sec LCD watch for star travellers

Design submitted by Cory from the USA.

Cory says: There are no seasons on a starship. No weeks, months, or years. The minute becomes meaningless, since there are 60 of those in an ‘hour’ and 24 of those in a ‘day.’ Star faring humans long ago began using the Kilosecond. Metric time, for when the rotation of a distant homeworld no longer holds any bearing.

To become accustomed to using the Kilosecond instead of minutes, hours, and such, this watch makes the conversions easy. 0.06 kiloseconds is one Earth minute, 3.6 kiloseconds is an Earth hour. 86.4 kiloseconds is the time it takes Earth to complete one full rotation on its axis, a day. 2.62 megaseconds is the average for one of Earth’s twelve months, and 31.5 megaseconds is the length of a single orbit of Earth around Sol, a year.

All personnel on most any human starship use the kilosecond to track cryosleep rotations, duty shifts, and time of arrival. The kilosecond readout can be set as either a ‘time since departure’ or a ‘countdown to arrival.’ The time in the given example is the time since Earth year 2000, the millennium change.

Getting used to measuring time in kiloseconds isn’t easy, this watch will ease the transition for any first time star travellers.

14 thoughts on “K-sec LCD watch for star travellers”

  1. I like the overall look. It’s a nice idea but I have a question about the time-telling method :

    Can/do you only use the 2nd column to tell the time ?

    Then it would be : year 2012, september ( 9th month ), day 29, 10:34.

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    1. You can set the right side column to count the time of day in kiloseconds.
      For example,
      12:39pm would be 45.54 kiloseconds
      10:17pm would be 80.22 kiloseconds
      3:33 am would be 12.78 kiloseconds

      This feature could be useful to many scientist types who keep track of findings in kiloseconds (radioactive decay and other such readings)

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    2. The left side column counts the time after conversions are factored in (to account for the various standard units, day, month, year and hour, minute.

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  2. Nice design, Cory. I like the design of this watch, but the display is probably a little busy for me. Still, 5y

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  3. I like it Cory, nice stella design! The time telling takes a little getting used but I like the complicated technical looking display! 5/Y best of luck! :D

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  4. Thanks all for the comments! This one was really fun to make, and I’m hoping to try a few more using the Kiloseconds-to-hours/minutes idea in the near future, as I think it has a lot of potential.

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  5. I like the overall look. I still can’t crack the conversion, but it would be worth a shot, mainly because it would fit well in my collection. I would consider buying it.

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  6. I kinda like the idea, sounds futuristic and such, but the watch itself looks like some expensive gift from a science magazine to its layman customers…that’s the kind of feeling i get from it. Perhaps a more space-retro feel could make it look better, changing the font of the K-sec logo would help, and using a dot matrix screen to add more functionality while keeping a retro look would certainly give it the touch of a complex (for geeks) watch that has the attractiveness of a gadget that space fantasy fanboys would like.

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