Uses For Clocks From Around The World And Over Time

Published: 26th October 2009
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While everyone is familiar with normal old clocks that help keep us on time, there are actually several other uses for them that help to keep other areas of our lives working that we don't even know about. Throughout history, there have been several different uses for clocks that help to keep our lives, transportation, and everything else in tact. There are so many other uses for clocks that you might not be aware of.

Take a look at your VCR or DVD player. While there is a clock on the front of it, this clock is used for several different things other than telling time. Clocks on VCRs and DVD players are used to help find specific areas of the movies, rewinding, forwarding, and even recording. Without these special clocks, you wouldn't be able to find that funny part, that scary part, or your favorite part.

Of course, everyone knows that clocks are used to help control explosions in all different types of devices. From rocket launches to demolitions to other areas that aren't so useful, these clocks help to ensure that there is enough time for people to get to safety before the explosion is done. Without these countdown clocks, it might be hard to determine if there is enough time to get clear of the explosion.

Your computer also depends on a clock. This internal clock helps any computer keep track of their programs, processing, and documents by synchronizing everything. Without these internal clocks, your computer wouldn't know where or how to do many of the normal processes that it does all the time. There are larger master computers keep track of the time for a network of computers, but many home computers simply rely on their own internal clocks.

Navigational clocks are those on planes and ships that help to tell the pilots and captains where they are going. These clocks work in that they tell the latitude and longitude of where the flight or boat is and where they are headed, so they know which way to turn the plane or ship. Without navigation clocks, these flights and boats wouldn't know where they needed to go.

There are also atomic clocks which you may not be familiar with, but you use products that they affect every day. Atomic clocks connect with a satellite in space to synchronize so that GPS, cell phones, OnStar, and other related technologies can work and pinpoint where a device is. These clocks are invaluable and have saved many lives.

Of course, there are ideal clocks which are a bit harder to explain. These are mainly used by the scientific communities and are used to help measure certain natural processes so that they can measure other physical theories. But, some processes aren't quite completely documented, so ideal clocks normally depend on the research that they are used with.

There are seismic clocks that most people might have heard of, but may not be familiar with. These are clocks that are kept in the labs where they measure the seismic activities that are all synchronized together all over the world to accurately record events. Seismic clocks help to make sure that the events are recorded correctly and so that they can tell if other seismic events are happening at the same time or different times.

While there are many great uses for clocks all over the world, even if they don't tell time, there are many people that don't even know what importance clocks play in our lives. They aren't just to keep us on time, they are to help our lives run smoother.

Annie is an expert furniture and interior design writer. Her current area of specialism is 2 seater sofa, bedroom designs and bedside table

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