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Clocks in History
The mechanical clock was not just invented as the first clock. There were many other clocks. The first clock called a water clock, or a clepsydra, in which a vessel would empty itself or was filled with water and was set for a period of time. In the Middle Ages a person had to recharge the clock. The people were called ‘the watch’.
However, in 800 AD, the Emperor Carliemagne had a water clock that mechanically let go of a bronze ball that dropped in a bowl every hour. For three centuries the people made clocks fancier and fancier because they thought it was fascinating to have clocks like these. They would have figures come out and ring something to make it chime.
Today, a clock has a falling weight (the driving weight) to turn a system of gears that are connected to the hands of the clock.
After a couple of years of doing research on clocks they came up with something called an alarm clock.