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iA5 Alarm Clock iPhone Dock Goes The Extra Mile With Its Own App

iA5 - App-Enhanced Alarm Clock Speaker System for iPhone and iPod (Image courtesy iHome)
By Andrew Liszewski

Alarm clocks with iPhone docks are a dime a dozen (well maybe not that cheap just yet) but the uninspiringly named iA5 from iHome manages to stand out in a very crowded market with its own custom app. In fact my eyes usually glaze over when I read about these types of devices, but I’m actually kind of impressed with what iHome has done here.

The iHome+Sleep app is available for free from the iTunes App Store, and in and of itself it looks like a pretty fantastic replacement alarm clock for your iPhone or iPod Touch. It allows you to program up to 18 sleep or nap alarms, using your own music library to get you out of bed, including custom 7.5.2 settings for weekdays, workdays and the weekend. It keeps track of random statistics like your average night’s sleep, bedtime, waketime etc. and can even connect to your favorite social media like Facebook and Twitter, letting friends know your bedtime status. It will even deliver local weather and news in the morning, so you know what kind of day you’re facing.

When your iPhone or Touch is docked to the iA5 though, things get even better. Adjusting the alarm clock’s settings is made about 1,000x easier with a touchscreen interface (it can still be used as an alarm clock without anything docked) and setting the time is as easy as pressing a single sync button. That alone makes the $99.99 price tag totally worth it to me. And the iA5′s Reson8 speaker chamber technology is probably a lot more effective at waking you than the iPhone or Touch’s own speakers.

[ iA5 - App-Enhanced Alarm Clock Speaker System for iPhone and iPod ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Darth Vader Japanese Desk Clock With What Has To Be The Smallest LCD Clock Ever Created

Darth Vader Japanese Desk Clock (Images courtesy ThinkGeek)
By Andrew Liszewski

If someone had a gun pointed at my head, demanding to know the time, and the only methods I had at my disposal were reading it off this Darth Vader Japanese Desk Clock, or somehow gauging it from the position of the sun and other stars in the sky, I’d definitely be reaching for my sextant. Because given the fact that Vader is 13-inches tall, reading that minuscule LCD display with the naked human eye is just not possible.

I don’t even know why they bothered adding a clock to the base anyways. If they had just left this is as a Darth Vader statuette, they could have easily charged way more than the $14.99 it’s currently on sale for at ThinkGeek. It’s definitely one of those instances where more is less. Oh and not surprisingly, it’s an officially licensed Lucasfilm collectible.

(And couldn’t they have just slightly adjusted the stance of Vader’s legs so the unsightly black support rod isn’t needed? I guess I’m just going to have to stop thinking about this… I’m choking on my own disgust here…)

[ Darth Vader Japanese Desk Clock ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Sundial Cannon Could Be Most Effective Alarm Clock In History

noon-cannon

By Evan Ackerman

This is what’s called a sundial cannon, or a noon cannon. Assuming the weather cooperates, at noon exactly the lens on the sundial focuses sunlight onto a pan filled with gunpowder, setting off the cannon to mark the time. Generally, the cannons weren’t loaded with shot, but with all of the novelty alarm clocks out there, it seems like one that automatically shoots you could be really, really effective, in a potentially dangerous sort of way. And hey, it’s even solar powered.

VIA [ Neatorama ]

Emily Wall Mounted Alarm Clock

Emily Alarm Clock (Images courtesy Generate Design)
By Andrew Liszewski

Since most alarm clocks are designed to sit on a bedside table, mankind has developed the unique ability to read the time at a 90 degree angle while laying in bed. It’s yet another skill that separates us from the animals, but it looks like someone is trying to change that. Designed by Greg Wolos, the Emily alarm clock is supposed to be mounted to the wall or a headboard so that the red LED display ends up being on its side, making it easier to read while lying in bed.

Now I for one refuse to let my angled time reading skills be forgotten, and intend to pass them onto my children and grandchildren. But I also refuse to pay $129 for an alarm clock with less features than a model from the early 80′s.

[ Emily ] VIA [ CraziestGadgets ]

Is Your Alarm Too Quiet? Hook Up A Pair Of 140-Decibel Horns!

By Chris Scott Barr

I used to have issues with my alarm clocks. I wouldn’t sleep through them per se, rather I would wake up just enough to turn it off and go back to sleep. I eventually outgrew it, as I haven’t done that since my high school days. Plenty of other people have that problem, including the guy who made the above video. He essentially took his old alarm clock and hooked up a pair of 140-decibel electric horns to it. If you’re curious how to do this, and have no regard for your own hearing or the sleeping habits of everyone on your block, then the video will tell you how to do it.

[ KipKay ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Oregon Scientific USB Hub And World Travel Clock

USB Hub and World Travel Clock (Image courtesy Oregon Scientific)
By Andrew Liszewski

Hmmm… I’m still trying to decide if this USB hub/world time travel clock is useful or not. It’s your basic compact alarm clock (with an eye-catching inverted LCD display) that’s also world time-friendly thanks to presets for 25 different cities. But it’s also got a series of 4 USB ports up front, though as far as I can tell it’s only designed to be used as a hub when connected to a PC or laptop, so I’m kind of ‘meh’ about the whole thing. Now if it plugged into the wall and let you charge 4 different devices off of those USB ports I’d have already placed an order, but sadly that doesn’t appear to be the case. $29.99 from the Oregon Scientific website.

[ Oregon Scientific USB Hub and World Travel Clock ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

LEGO Clock Radio Disappoints

LEGO Clock Radio (Image courtesy Walmart)
By Andrew Liszewski

There’s been a lot of LEGO this and LEGO that on OhGizmo! recently, and instead of giving you a break, I figured I’d just keep it coming. I mean is there anyone on Earth who actually dislikes LEGO? The obvious answer is no, but I have to say I’m less than impressed with this official LEGO clock radio.

Sure it’s got the LEGO logo plastered everywhere, and a couple of giant knobs on top that serve as volume and tuner dials, but it appears to be completely incompatible with actual LEGO bricks. I mean the top of the radio couldn’t have been made brick-friendly so that ‘kids’ could accessorize and personalize it with their own LEGO creations? I’m all for the company branching out with gadgets like this, but LEGO isn’t about the brand name, it’s about the building blocks! $29.97 from Walmart.

[ LEGO Clock Radio ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Mosquito Sound Alarm Clock Is Cruel And Unusual Punishment

Mosquito Sound Alarm Clock (Image courtesy Danna Bananas)
By Andrew Liszewski

The thing I enjoy most about camping is the sounds of birds and other wildlife at the crack of dawn. Conversely, the thing I hate most about camping is the quiet drone of a single mosquito in your tent while you’re trying to fall asleep. It’s almost impossible to figure out where the little bugger is, and when the sound stops, you know they’re up to no good. And that’s why I think this Mosquito Sound Alarm Clock is cruel and unusual punishment. It would definitely get me out of bed in the morning, though at the cost of emotionally crippling camping flashbacks. $25.95 from Danna Bananas.

[ Animal Sound Alarm Clocks ] VIA [ Nerd Approved ]

Finger Dance Alarm Clock

Finger Dance Alarm Clock (Image courtesy ThumbsUp!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Yep, another day, another novelty alarm clock. This time it’s a miniature version of DDR that requires you to follow the pattern of the light-up dance pads with your fingers! So if finding the snooze button is a monumental task for you every morning, there’s probably no chance you’ll be able to turn this thing off. But at just $16 from ThumpsUp! it’s not that expensive to replace should it accidentally have a fatal run-in with the wall.

[ Finger Dance Alarm Clock ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]