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First of all, this is an atomic digital talking clock. In a nutshell, that means that you don't have to worry about setting the time or date, keeping time set properly, or manually adjusting the clock forward or backward for Daylight Saving Time. The clock is radio-controlled, meaning it regularly monitors for the RF signal from the U.S. Atomic Clock in Colorado - and automatically keeps your clock set to the precise second of the American Military's clock! It supports Pacific, Mountain, Central and Eastern timezones, so is suitable for the Continental US and Canada (excluding Atlantic provinces).
From the very second you feel the sheer weight of the box and take out your brand-new clock, you'll quickly get the idea this one's a cut above any other model we offer. The clock alone weighs over a pound, and has a substantial, well-built feel and look to it. It stands a full five inches high, and has a three-inch-long Talk bar on the top. Tap this button once to hear the time; touch it twice in quick succession and you'll hear today's date (complete with weekday) spoken aloud.
Next, we should point out that absolutely every aspect of this clock speaks, from announcing the time and date, to setting the alarm and determining whether it's on or off, toggling the Hourly Report feature on or off, and even setting the day, date, year, time zone, and time. The significants of this fact for totally blind folks is huge: you can operate this calendar clock completely on your own - with no assistance from a sighted person whatsoever.
But if you do have some vision, don't be scared off! This clock also has an enormous LCD screen, making it the ideal choice for the visually impaired, or anybody who has trouble seeing the display in the middle of the night in pitch-black darkness. The numbers showing the time are an inch high, and the text giving today's date is half an inch tall.
Our talking atomic clock has several other noteworthy features. Its voice is of a true human quality, being that of a pleasant British female. For time announcement, the lady doesn't just say something like: "It's 12:30 PM."; oh no, she would instead announce: "The time is now half-past twelve PM." - taking the monotony out of getting the time. And when speaking the date, for example, you might hear: "Today's Wednesday, July fifteenth.". The alarm will go continuously for an extra-long five minutes, and even has a five-minute Snooze feature. An optional Hourly Report feature will automatically speak the time every hour on the hour, from 8 AM until 10 PM. A volume switch on the rear of the unit also has a High and a Low setting, perfect for waking up sound sleepers or to avoid disturbing anyone who's resting peacefully.
Phrases like "bigger", "better", and "the best" are commonly used to describe this one-of-a-kind timepiece. And once you have yours, you'll know why! (Uses two AA batteries, not included.)
Directions for the Atomic Talking Clock From Future Aids, The Braille Superstore.
Your new clock takes only 2 AA batteries. Insert them into the base of the unit, then turn it upright and set it down with the large round screen facing you.
Press the Talk button, located on the top of the clock, to hear the time. Press Talk twice to hear the date.
There is a Select button on the front of the clock, right below the screen. The left circle is Minus, and the right circle with the raised arrow is Plus. Press Select twice to enter Alarm set, then use Plus and Minus to select the desired time. Press Talk when finished.
There is a switch on the right-hand side, called Mode. The top position turns the alarm on, and the bottom turns hourly-report on. Both of these features are off when Mode is in the middle position.
There is a volume switch on the left-hand side of an indented oval on the rear of the clock. The top position is high volume, and the bottom position is for low volume.
To the right of the Volume switch is the small Set button. Press and hold until the clock beeps twice and announces, "Setting Year." Use Plus and Minus to select the current year, then hit Set again. Repeat this procedure to set the date, time zone, and time.
Note: Unless you are out of range of the atomic time-setting broadcast station, you should only need to use the above steps to select your local time zone.
(From the Talking Clocks shelf.)