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Click-Band  
  Worn on the wrist, it helps you locate your transport.  

Then he returned to the lip of the sphere, checked the door-lock to be certain it would remain closed during his absence. Only then. Hasten stepped down onto the grass of the meadow. He closed the door and looked around him. Presently he began to walk quickly away from the sphere, toward the top of a long hill that stretched out half a mile away. As he strode along, he examined the click-band on his wrist which would guide him back to the metal sphere, the Time Car, if he could not find the way himself...

He increased his pace; he went down the side of a hill and up another. For a second he paused to snap on his click-band. It spoke loudly; he was not far from the sphere. He waved his arm and the clicks rose and fell. To the right. Wiping the perspiration from his hands he went on.

A few minutes later he looked down from the top of a ridge and saw a gleaming metal sphere resting silently on the grass, dripping with cold dew from the night. The Time Car; sliding and running, he leaped down the hill toward it.

Technovelgy from The Meddler, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Future in 1954
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Compare to the cartograph from The Cometeers (1936) by Jack Williamson.

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