Category Archives: Archeology

Mapping your Device

Our Timeline showed an overall representation of the 2006 RCA Alarm clock. From where some pieces were created to figuring out if the company no longer existed. These were the issues that we faced when it came to this archeology project. In my reflection I talked about my process of finding my individual pieces and how hard it was just to get an exact match let alone a location on the World map. In my reflection I stated: ” When we started taking it apart we had no idea how much was going to come out of this clock. We found out soon enough that there were plenty parts in the device but the challenge would be cataloging the parts online. I started out originally working on the plastic outside of the clock itself but I soon realized that there was no way for me to research the location of the manufacturer. All I found off the pieces is a small calendar that was etched into both the front and the back part which showed when they reviewed the part before it was shipped off. I then thought well maybe I can work with the speaker. I started to research it and it was so much harder than I thought finding the brand of this speaker let alone the specific speaker itself. At first I found an old website that had speakers of that brand that is on the speaker but I dug deeper and found an updated website. The company specializes in speakers specifically that brand and it seems that they work in a complex. Then I started to work on a capacitor since the plastic was a fail on finding any more information. I went on to find that the brand orient is really an impossible little thing to find on the internet. They would sell 1000 packs of these capacitors but all that they had for the information was that it was made in Taiwan. It took a lot of research but I found the company and I have to say it was pretty satisfying.”

Here are the pictures of the outside of the clock:

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These are my parts that I researched and the timeline is the final result. I also have a document of parts and the information which is below:

 

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Part: Speaker

Brand: DYS

Company: Zhejiang Innuovo Loudspeaker Co., Ltd. Hengdian Group

Information about the company: This company has been around since the 1980’s specializing in TV speakers, car speakers, multimedia speakers, hi-fi speakers and theatre speaker systems.

Address: Hengdian Industrial Section, Dongyang City, Zhejiang 322118, China, Dongyang Shi, Jinhua Shi, China, 322118

Date Created: Late 2005

Website Link: http://jackie1982jjh.diytrade.com/sdp/543490/4/main-2846867/0/Home.html

http://zilclhg.en.china.cn/About-Us/ (Updated Version)

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Part: Capacitor (16V 1000mF 85°)

Origin: Taiwan

Brand: Orient

Company: Orient Semiconductor Electronics

Information about the company: This company focuses on manufacturing services and working on electronics in fields of industrial control to automotive and military.

Date Created: Late 2005

Address: Orient Semiconductor Electronics Ltd.
EMS Group
9 Central 3rd St. N.E.P.Z.
Kaohsiung 811, Taiwan ROC

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Nanzi+District,+Kaohsiung+City,+Taiwan+811/@22.7275554,120.3259814,16.26z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x346e0fa07338c21f:0x31fc794bb598b111?hl=en

 

 

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Archeology Reflection

This project has been a doozy. When we started out with this project we had no idea what kind of device we were interested in, what we were going to get out of breaking it apart, and the purpose of this project as a whole. So one of the members of my team found an old digital RCA alarm clock that was created around 2006. When we started taking it apart we had no idea how much was going to come out of this clock. We found out soon enough that there were plenty parts in the device but the challenge would be cataloging the parts online. I started out originally working on the plastic outside of the clock itself but I soon realized that there was no way for me to research the location of the manufacturer. All I found off the pieces is a small calendar that was etched into both the front and the back part which showed when they reviewed the part before it was shipped off. I then thought well maybe I can work with the speaker. I started to research it and it was so much harder than I thought finding the brand of this speaker let alone the specific speaker itself. At first I found an old website that had speakers of that brand that is on the speaker but I dug deeper and found an updated website. The company specializes in speakers specifically that brand and it seems that they work in a complex. Then I started to work on a capacitor since the plastic was a fail on finding any more information. I went on to find that the brand orient is really an impossible little thing to find on the internet. They would sell 1000 packs of these capacitors but all that they had for the information was that it was made in Taiwan. It took a lot of research but I found the company and I have to say it was pretty satisfying. Overall this project was something I never expected to do in college but what I took from it was that if you really dig deep enough there will be something you can find about an object that might be a little outdated. There were ups and downs but we got it done!

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