KerMetric Time Display Calculator
KerMetric time. KerMetric time is a concept that divides the 24 hour day into 100 equal
parts called Kermits. Each Kermit is equivalent to 14.4 minutes; the derivative math of (24 hours x 60 minutes/hour )/100). More precise time can be counted by dividing by 1000 or even 10000 but in 1983 life was not as hectic and 14.4 minutes or 1 Kermit was accurate enough for most people. It should be noted that the clock was extremely accurate since it's "Kermit" was derived from the 60hz mains frequency. The time was originally displayed on a 5 digit LED in a three character, decimal, two character format. That was 3 digits to count the 365 days of the year and 2 digits for partial (fractional) days (kermits). With the extension of the number of digits of the counter each way from
the decimal point, time could be counted from 0 BC to any precision of the present day. In reality KerMetric time was and is a clock and calendar unified function! The name Kermit came from a combination of the surname of the president of the National Research Council in 1983 (Dr. Larkin Kerwin) and the adoption of the metric system that was all the rage in Canada at that time. The original working model of KerMetric time as conceived by W. Thayer of NRC was assembled by the designated Clock Construction Team of John Phillips, Ron Hawkins, Les Moore and Willie Thayer in 1983. While the original clock was a "time only" version of limited accuracy, our calculator is a "calendar and time" version, based on the specification proposed originally, and is carried to heavy and extreme accuracy. Our format is year, decimal, day of the year, decimal and kermits.
See our Swatch Internet Time Converter and Display page for more information on Swatch, which seems to be a derivative of KerMetric Time. While the original idea did not (even in Canada where originated) and has not gained great support, it may eventually, in subsequent form. Please visit A Guide To Metric Time for a more in-depth discussion of one of the current proposals. While this is not the only proposed version of metric time, it appears to us to be very logical.