I have no idea, but according to the articles, yes.
I know that a clock motor will be affected as you change from 60 cycles,
but digital? I thought they had something to do with a crystal frequency
oscillation. Or is that just watches?
"But wall clocks and those on ovens and coffeemakers - anything that flashes
"12:00" when it loses power - may be just a bit off every second, and that
error can grow with time."
Most anything that "flashes 12:00" is going to be using a crystal
timebase and not care about power line frequency. They flash 12:00 since
when they loose power they need to have the time set again, not anything
to do with line frequency.
There are still a great many timing devices that rely on synchronus
motors and thus line frequency, and these mostly have just dials, such
as timers for sign and landscape lighting, water softener regeneration,
water heater timers and the like.
There are a LOT of things that depend on 60Hz. Since forever 60Hz has been a
standard piped into every establishment in the country. The article
mentioned traffic lights, security systems, and computers, but thousands of
other devices depend on a stable line frequency.
To let the frequency meander all over the place would be similar to letting
the National Bureau of Standards allowing the official meter to vary by one
or two millimeters per day.
On the other hand, this change will open a new business opportunity to
provide standard frequency power.
On any long-haul telecom circuit, like the ones the Internet runs on,
somewhere in the path for that circuit, is a rack in a basement
somewhere with a cesium clock. All the other racks that particular
circuit runs through, from point A to point Z, anywhere in the world,
have to be told to take that clock's word as gospel. When they screw up,
and have 2 different clocks in the path, sometimes it can get amusing if
they get out of synch.
I wonder how many people under 30 know what a turntable is.
Spinning records? Etc.
I was wandering around a museum a few years ago. Some teenagers were
there on a school tour. One asked me what time it was. I said "It's
about a quarter past eleven." That didn't register with her. She
apparently had no idea what that meant. 11:15 made sense to her though.
didja ever see the Two and a Half Men episode where Jake is spotting hot
chicks and calling out the time on his digital watch,not understanding the
concept of a clockface as a compass direction indicator.
"hot chick at 12:05".....
when the girl is at their 9:00. 8-)
About 10 years ago, I was at a bowling alley when a little kid about 8-9
years old came up to the counter and asked the clerk if he could use the
phone to call home. The clerk reached under the counter, pulled out an
old Western Electric rotary dial desk phone and the kid was completely
dumbfounded. The kid had no idea how to operate the old telephone. ^_^
It's gone one step further now with kids and wired phones. Many kids
are unfamiliar with aspects of basic wired phones that we take for
granted such as taking the receiver off the hook before keying the
dialed digits, and placing the receiver back on the hook to end the
call. Where's the OFF button?
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