Event-driven wristwatch + Global planning system
We all wear watches. It is an integral attribute of modern life. We use them constantly without noticing them. They do not burden us with their size, weight, the need for frequent electrical recharging. If any of these features will change, we will immediately prefer a different model. Thus, it sounds unreasonable to turn a watch into something like a modern smart phone. If we do so, we’ll get an expensive toy with an inconvenient screen and a voracious appetite. However, modern technologies can let us significantly change the design of the watch and look at new ways to use it. I mean the most important function of watches - to help their owner navigate in the temporary flow of events.
The idea consists of the following components:
- Low-cost, mass, easy-to-use device performed in the form of a wristwatch which gives the user the ability of time management. The device consists of a display showing time marks of events, and radio interface for downloading them.
- The display does not show the time in the usual form. Instead of numbers and watch hands the display shows the time marks of events around us plus progress indicators between them.
- National Planning Center, through which, anyone can distribute their marks through the Internet. A suitable wireless technology (e.g. technology which uses a portion of the FM broadcast radio networks to deliver snippets of information) is used to transfer information from the planning center to the device.
May be at first many of us would be shocked by the idea to reject the usual representation of the time on the clock face, but let's look at how we use our watch? Someone might say – we just look what time it is. But it's not quite true. In fact, every time we look at the watch, our brains perform calculations to determine: "How much time is left before ...
- getting up in the morning
- leaving the house to go to work
- the train leaves, the flight departure
- it's evening (sunset)
- the favorite TV show starts
- the favorite TV show ends, etc."
In fact, we are not interested in "naked" time "12:00", we are interested in how the current moment is related to the past or future events. In real life we do not live by the "clock", but from event to event. If we remove the numbers and arrows on the watch, and instead put the event marks and progress indicators, we will be able to better navigate in the flow of events planned for the day. This can be compared with a sandglass. After all, we are not missing the watch hands there.
One part of the event marks can be fixed and rigidly attached to the UTS: e.g.: Getting up, Lunch, Work, Dinner, End of Work and Evening. Another part of the event marks can be dynamic, they can be loaded into the watch via one-way wireless interface (only reception) from the "Planning Center". The user can filter the download by adjusting his watch through a computer or some other way.
The questions that naturally arise:
- Why do I need it?
- Where do the dynamic event marks come from?
Here are some possible scenarios:
Imagine that you are a schoolboy. You get up in the morning and look at the watch. You see the event mark that there are 20 minutes left before the school bus arrives. This event mark has been loaded into your watch automatically while you were asleep. School Transport Service which schedules traffic through the “National Planning Center" distributed marks on the school bus schedule for all school children. At the lesson the teacher gave 5 minutes to accomplish a test number 1 and 10 minutes to accomplish a test number 2. The information automatically appears on your watch as the teacher generated the plan for the class through the computer by loading the appropriate event marks into the watches.
Transport services can distribute event marks on the transport schedule via the "Planning Center". National Time Service will distribute marks for precise time synchronization. Airlines can distribute marks on flight arrival and departure. Supermarkets, banks, stadiums, theaters may distribute marks on the schedule of their work, the preferred visit time. In this way the queue service will be accomplished more effectively.
A big concert for thousands of visitors. Normally all of them would simultaneously try to get to their seats creating chaotic queues. The new technology can solve this problem by distributing event marks about the starting time of the concert. One part of the spectators would get the marks with the difference 5 minutes to the marks for the other part. Thus one part of the spectators would come a little later than the other one and the queues can be avoided.
The example indicates that this technology could have serious social implications for society regarding security and rational behavior.
We can dynamically change the start of the day.
Actually it is changed 2 times a year in many countries (the transition to summer and winter time). These transitions are made by administrative methods discretely, but the length of daylight varies continuously from day to day. You know, that when the clock has not yet been invented, people were getting up in the morning and planning their activities by the sunrise (with the larks or roosters). The sun rises every day at different times. The proposed technology will synchronize the dynamic mark of the event all at once. Thus the beginning of the day will shift a little for everybody every day. People will live in harmony with the rhythm of the planet, and not according to some rigid schedule, that someone has set. At the same time all subsequent plans will remain consistent! And the daylight time will be used with maximum efficiency, thereby reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions etc.
Maybe someone would want to give up minutes as the measuring unit of time. Because of religious reasons or because of the nature of activities different units of time may be preferable. For example a student can measure time in academic hours/classes (1 class = 45 minutes), the bus driver - in tours (1 tour = 90 minutes) etc. The proposed idea is easy to implement. Nearest constructive analog to the suggested idea is Microsoft SPOT Wrist Watch. But the goals and priorities are different.