Minute arm should move hour arm

asked 2014-04-21 12:23:43 +0300

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updated 2014-04-21 16:48:56 +0300

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When setting alarms etc. with the timer widget and you move the minute marker around, it makes a huge difference if you set the minute arm to 00 or 59. But the distance between those settings are really small. So instead of waking up 7:00 one might accidentally wake up 7:59.

I suggest that the minute arm should move the hour arm, each time the minute arm passes 00. So if you instead of setting 00 accidentally set 59, you will wake up at 6:59 instead of 7:00.

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If this would be implemented the same thing could happen when you want to wake up at 7:50 you set the clock's hour hand first to eg. 7am and the minute hand happens to point at 10 which you rotate counterclockwise to 50. Oops, and the alarm is set to 6:50?

tigeli ( 2014-04-21 14:12:32 +0300 )edit

Yes, tigeli, but somehow I think it would be more logical to work just like that. To make it work just like an old fashioned clock. And I’d prefer the hour arm to move gradually with every minute change, but that’s just my minor preference.

Shadow ( 2014-04-21 16:40:04 +0300 )edit

Another possibility, would be to not let the minute arm move between 00 and 59, so you would have to make an almost complete circle to go from 00 to 59. And a third option would be to shift to a wheel based timer widget. That option has the benefit that you can set hours, minutes and seconds in the same space that the current widget uses. That doesn't matter much for an alarm, as it is unlikely anybody would care for the seconds. But for timers I sometimes need seconds sometimes hours.

fuzzdk ( 2014-04-21 17:16:45 +0300 )edit

This is the first clock implementation that I really like. When I set minutes I'm setting minutes, not hours. Maybe add a setting for this as there are different preferences what works for whom. However I do not like the idea that minute dial would move the hour when setting alarms.

Frye ( 2014-04-22 10:58:43 +0300 )edit