TRACK ELAPSED TIME
Designed to help you track the elapsed time for your meetings and events. The timer will tick down the time in minutes and seconds as appropriate and display the time remaining. When the allotted time is completely used up, a buzzer will sound – indicating that the time is up.
|Compact time display|
|Intelligent countdown display decrementing|
|Intelligent Transitioning: when counting down, automatically moves between time display modes|
|Maximum time setting: 99 hours 59 minutes|
|Visual red display of time expired|
|Audible buzzer sound when time expired|
|Presentation Mode. Small size to use with presentations|
|Has 6 programmable presets. Useful for face-paced meetings|
|Programmable buzzer – plays your custom *.wav file|
|Full Screen Mode|
|Pause and Resume|
|Option to show negative seconds indicating amount of seconds past zero|
|Custom panel hides the timer settings while counting down|
|Custom Panel allows your choice of 12 letters. For example: display a company name or power word|
|Presentation Mode Only: Always on top – programmable setting to allow countdown to always be visible on top of any other application currently running|
Full Screen Mode
Every Thursday morning at 7:30 am I meet with some of the most wonderful business professionals. We take turns talking about our respective businesses. Our goal at Business Networking International (BNI) is to build each other’s business via referrals. We are a close-knit group; kinda like a family. While we do look to help each other in business, you better believe we have some talkers! I volunteered to be in charge of the timer. I set out to create my own software program, the countdown timer, from scratch.
In our meeting, each individual member gets forty-five seconds on the countdown timer to talk about their business. I bring my laptop with an HDMI cable so the timer can be put up on the big screen. Everyone in the group can see it. In addition to the video, my software connects to a nice sound system that fills the room.
One of the features of the timer is that you can load your own sound for the buzzer as long as it is a *.wav file. Being a little mischievous, I experimented with several sound files for the countdown timer from my personal music collection including The Glitch Mob, The Art of Noise, Uberzone, but I finally settled on the Ohio Players, “Love Rollercoaster”.
That 70’s tune starts out quiet with just a guitar riff. Within nine seconds, a drum beat enters, with a little musical shout. Most people will be seated and done at this time. But for the holdouts, within another nine seconds, the music tension builds with cowbell and cymbals and more drums. By 20 seconds into the buzzer, a significant drum intro with the full band singing “Rollercoaster…”. – The music grows loud. It’s amazing how well it works because nobody is standing up by this time!
I have been running the timer at the BNI Titans meeting for three years now. It is actually fun to use. The countdown timer app is a windows desktop application built using Microsoft Technologies. It is ideal for business meeting settings with a lot of people needing to rapidly speak and share information. Going around a table in a staff meeting, for example, it will keep up the fast pace of starting and stopping in between presenters nearly instantly. Just like I did at the BNI meeting, it works really well if executed from a windows laptop computer which is hooked up to a very large screen with sound, visible to dozens or hundreds of people. It helps keep your meeting on time.