Electronic Timers

Written by Robert Mac
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Electronic timers are more functional than old-fashioned mechanical stopwatches, like the one on "60 Minutes." Because they are in a digital format, it's easy to record and manipulate the numbers in a variety of ways. Most high-end electronic timers are capable of timing multiple-events, counting down time, and recalling times from earlier events.

The first generation of electronic watches simply displayed the time digitally instead of with an hour and minute hand. While they were technically "digital," they weren't digital as we know it; they weren't capable of processing a digital code of zeroes and ones. But in time, these watches progressed and became calculators, stopwatches, and phone number organizers.

Electronic Timers Are Multi-functional

Electronic timers and stopwatches evolved the same way that wristwatches did: they became powerful processors in just a few generations. Some of the more complex models can time three events at once and save hundreds of pieces of data. You can then connect them to a printer and create score sheets or other databases.

The disadvantage of electronic or digital timers is their cost: with their software and processors, they are more expensive than mechanical stopwatches. The models that attach to printers have extra expenses, too; cords, paper, and the printer itself. If you need a multi-purpose timer or stopwatch, get an electronic one, as the older 2-button ones won't be of any help.


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