Timebound Chronicles Historical events with beautiful timelines
The story is fascinating, but not everyone is inclined to research it. Finding out what life-changing events happened decades ago requires effort that most people are not ready to undertake – a problem that Limited in time, a self-invented “time machine for iOS and Android” aims to solve.
Timebound, which launched on Kickstarter this week, features minute-by-minute chronicles of crucial story events. You can watch the sinking of the Titanic unfold, witness the first moon landing, see the Battle of Gettysburg, attend the Woodstock Festival and much more from the app’s ever-expanding collection of multimedia summaries.
Each timebound “story” looks a bit like a timeline. But unlike the text-heavy accounts that permeate most of the web, the app offers graphics like images, maps, audio, and other media. Push notifications keep you up to date with events unfolding in real time – you might receive a link to the “JFK Assassination” stream, or a countdown to “Man on the Moon”. And each story is written by an editorial team with a collective of 37 years in editing, and verified by an “academic historian” for accuracy.
Better yet: Timebound is constantly expanding. When the app launches in May, it will earn a new story every week. You can start following them immediately or wait for a specific date and “experience the event in full synchronization with the calendar”. A limited number will be free to follow, but access to the Timebound archive will require an annual subscription ($ 10 for Kickstarter contributors).
“We think of Timebound as an entry point in history,” said the Timebound team. “The app is not only beautiful and entertaining – each event is carefully considered from different points of view, [and] only facts from reliable sources are part of Timebound […] History will become a part of your daily life.
It is an increasingly urgent mission. According to a recent National Assessment of Educational Progress from the United States Department of Education, only 20 percent of fourth-graders, 17 percent of eighth-graders, and 12 percent of high school students graduated. “proficient” or better results on standardized American history tests. And in a survey of students from the top 55 colleges and universities in the United States, only 23 correctly identified James Madison as the senior author of the Constitution – at the same time, 99% correctly identified Beavis and Butthead.
“The problem is ignorance, not stupidity,” Yale political scientist Jacob Hacker told Newsweek. “No one is competent to understand everything. We suffer from a lack of information rather than a lack of capacity.
With any luck and a successful crowdfunding campaign, maybe Timebound can turn the tide.