For my third and final project in my light and sound class, we were asked to create a time telling device to travel back in the future with. Here is my report on that device.

My device incorporates aspects of scaling and measurement, in order to have the optimal size to fit inside a camera. For instance, with area, my device is 1.5 in x .75 in, measuring a total of 1.125in squared. Another element of math to look at is light, and earth rotation. The Earth revolves while orbiting the sun in 24 hour periods, once the sun reaches my part of the planet again, I will know another day is passed and another picture needs to be taken.

Unlike a sundial, or a very intricate sun dial, my device cannot tell time in minute or hour cycles. My device solely relies on the Earth’s rotation, as it revolves around the sun. The principles of my internal investigation lead me to believe my device is less accurate, yet more abstract in the process of telling time.

I believe my device would be more used in Eastern culture, or times before ours, due to the fact that timeliness and on point scheduling weren’t as common or widely used. The culture which I was studying in 1891 Kansas was just evolving as a media culture.

Photographs were becoming the most widespread medium of non verbal/text communication throughout the world. At a time when taking photographs would not totally throw off the balance of things or disturb the peace, taking a picture once a day would be the most effective way to communicate and tell time during my stay.

I believe that my device brings out a more meaningful way to tell time because of the abstract nature of it, leaving more room for enjoyment of the day, rather than worrying about the small things. My photo memory chip emphasizes enjoyment of one’s self as opposed to a more strenuous to the minute day.



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