# Thread: Timing Equipment - New Ideas

1. Originally Posted by CarlBrannen
It might be cheaper to go with 5 digits but with an adjustable decimal point. So you could go to 100 seconds with an accuracy of 0.001 seconds, to 1000 seconds with an accuracy of 0.01 seconds and to 10000 seconds (roughly three hours) with an accuracy of 0.1 seconds.
Or we could have just 2 modes with 6 digits. 1 mode goes up to 9:59.999, and the other goes up to 99:59.99. So 1 is for shorter events, and the other for longer events. Maybe even a software switch to change between them after 10 minutes? This would also mean that it doesn't have to be changed manually.

2. 1:00:00 is the highest it would need to go for MBLD. So why do you want 6 digits? A ten minute solve doesn't need 3 decimal points (600.000)

3. There have only been three successful solves over 1hr (both 5x5 BLD). Of course, there are unsuccessful solves that aren't in the list, but the 6 digit timer could still go over 1 hour. So, we could go from 59:59.99 to 1:00:00 and theoretically could go to 99:59:99.

Another idea: The only solve above 100 minutes was Stefan's 2:34:36 fron 2004. So, we could do up to 100 minutes to 99:59.99, and then switch to 1:40:00. Could be a little confusing at first though.

What about a light for low battery on the timer? Also, I'll probably only update the 6-digit design.

Also, has anyone downloaded the Sketchup file? If so, could you please give some feedback on how the timer looks.

4. How about we use a 5-digit display (x:xx.xx) and after 10 minutes we display it in minutes and seconds instead (x:xx:xx), using hours for the leftmost digit if we really have to?

And if you want 1/1000-second precision, change "5" to "6".

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