A clock is a device with a periodic system for indicating or measuring time. A radio, on the other hand, refers to either the electric appliance that we listen with or the content listened to. Today, with the advancements in technology, these two important inventions can be owned by consumers as one single device called automatic clock radios-which are alarm clocks having radios that can be set to start playing at specified times.

“Time is gold” as they always say. But how does one keep track of time? In the ancient civilizations, time has been thought of in very imprecise terms. Earlier civilizations then based time from the positions of the celestial bodies-such as the sun, the moon, the planets, and the stars. It is unknown when humans began using devices to measure time. Nonetheless, a vertical stick, gnomon, or obelisk that casts a shadow-more commonly known as sundial-is among the first devices believed to be used to measure time. This device, based from the sun, allowed the daylight to be divided into hours and has been widely used in Ancient Egypt around 1500 BC.

Over time, various devices were used to measure and keep track of time. Examples of these are candle clocks, clepsydras or water clocks, hourglasses or sand glasses, and oil lamps. The invention of a better way to tell time, on the other hand, was developed around the late 13th Century. It is during this time when the mechanical clock was invented. Compared with the ancient time-measuring devices which employed the seasonal method of measuring time, mechanical clocks employed the Sumerian Sexagesimal System which had an even 12 hours for day and 12 hours for night and is based on the number 60. Today, various types of clocks are being used to measure and remind people of time such as automatic clock radios.

Clocks were invented a long time ago when radios were invented. The history of radios actually began with the discovery of radio waves that allowed data-such as music, speech, and pictures-to be transmitted over the air. It was during the 1860s when the existence of these waves was predicted by Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell. By 1895, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi proved the feasibility of radio communication after sending and receiving the first radio signal in Italy. Today, radios are being used to provide entertainment to kids and adults alike.

What specifically, on the other hand, are automatic clock radios? As mentioned, these are devices that allowed people to keep track of time while listening to the radio. Specifically, these are alarm clocks that feature a radio alarm function and/or beeping buzzing alarm. Instead of harsh noise, these devices allow the sleeper to awaken at a specific time to music or news from the radio.

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. With man’s need for a time-measuring device, clocks are invented. On the other hand, with the necessity of entertainment, as well as device that would allow people to communicate with others in distant places, radios are discovered. Today, with the continuous search of man for items that would better improve his/her way of life, automatic clock radios are introduced.

Jeremy Spainhusband is a restaurant manager from Germany. As his shift starts early in the morning, Spainhusband also has to awaken very early, which he often finds very difficult to do. Nonetheless, he is able to accomplish such with the help of his digital funkradiowecker (a German word) or “automatic clock radio” as we call it English.

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