From Mother’s Day to the birth of a new royal, May was a month packed full of celebrations. But festivities on May 20th, otherwise known as World Metrology Day, jumped head first into the spirit of its name with its heralding of a brand new kilogram measure. On this day, the definition of the kilogram as we have known it for the past 139 years was redefined. Now, DeskTech seek to commemorate this momentous occasion with the debut of their Kilogram Prototype desk accessory. Keep reading to find out more.
The History of the Kilogram
Up until last month, the International Prototype Kilogram was a volatile hunk of platinum and iridium. Created in 1889, it was highly susceptible to change at the slightest movement. As such, it was kept under lock and key in a vault at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sèvres, France.
The role of the International Prototype Kilogram is to be a reference point for the calibration of scales so that the whole world is on one system of measurement. However, given the changeability of the 1889 measure, scientists determined that this could no longer be a consistent barometer.
The International Prototype Kilogram had lost around 50 micrograms (about the measure of an eyelash) since it was created in 1889.
In 2018, scientists in Versailles voted to redefine the measure once and for all.
International Kilogram Prototype Redefined
In order to ensure homogeneity through time, the new definition of the kilogram is rooted in the Planck Constant – a quantum mechanics concept which remains eternally constant.
Other non-physical concepts that were redefined last month include the electric current, temperature, and amount of substance.
DeskTech’s Kilogram Prototype
In celebration of this moment in history, DeskTech have developed their own version of the updated Kilogram Prototype.
It’s made from tungsten, an extremely rare element with a higher density than uranium. Tungsten also enjoys the highest melting point of any metal (6,170° F, or 3,410° C). As such, while it’s an incredibly difficult material to process and work with, it’s ultimately one of the strongest metals in the game.
Sitting inside a custom glass bell jar, DeskTech touts this as a ‘gift for all’. And we’re inclined to agree. Even if you’re not a science geek, it’s sleek, smart and shiny. As a desk accessory or coffee table accent, it’s a guaranteed conversation starter.