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Click Clock

Click Clock (Image courtesy MoMA Store)
By Andrew Liszewski

I can’t say the Click Clock, designed by Paul Koh, does anything particularly revolutionary when it comes to alarm clocks. It’s got your basic 12/24 hour setting, a backlight, snooze function and a lock on top preventing you from accidentally making changes when you’re fumbling around in the morning. But what it does have is a distinct and unique looking pixel display that shows both the current time and the alarm setting at all times. In other words, I just think it looks cool, and if you agree you can get one from the MoMA Store for $35.

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Habitat OKKO Alarm Clock With Animated Bird

Habitat OKKO Alarm Clock With Moving Bird (Image courtesy habitat)
By Andrew Liszewski

Waking up to a rooster’s crow in the morning is a bit too stereotypical for my tastes, but the tweeting of a small bird is the perfect alternative to morning show radio banter. This LED alarm clock from habitat features an electronic bird perched on top that not only moves, but also sings you out of your restful slumber. Get it from habitat.co.uk for about $30.

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The Infallibly Polite Speaking Alarm Clock Featuring Reginald Jeeves (aka Stephen Fry)

The Infallibly Polite Speaking Alarm Clock (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

Nothing is more jarring in the morning than that terrible buzzing sound emitted by the cheapest of cheap alarm clocks. So even though this Infallibly Polite Speaking Alarm Clock from Hammacher Schlemmer comes with a steep $99.95 price tag, it’s totally worth the cost since it plays one of 126 different wake-up messages in the calming voice of Reginald Jeeves, played by Stephen Fry in the series Jeeves and Wooster.

It’s almost impossible to wake up in a bad mood when you’ve been cajoled out of bed with phrases like “Excuse me sir, I’m so sorry to disturb you, but it appears to be morning… Very inconvenient, I agree… I believe it is the rotation of the Earth that is to blame, sir.” And if you still don’t feel like getting up, hitting the clock’s rosette acts like a snooze button which also triggers one of 10 additional replies including “Sir has a firm touch, but fair.” It’s like having your very own English butler, except that you’ll have to make your own breakfast once you’re up.

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“Magic” Sensor LCD Alarm Clock

Magic Sensor LCD Clock (Images courtesy Homeloo)
By Andrew Liszewski

Tired of fumbling with the buttons on your alarm clock every morning? Well as you can see in the product shots, this alarm doesn’t actually have any buttons, and instead relies on a motion sensor for controlling its various functions. By simply waving your hand above the clock you can do everything from switch between the time, date and temperature to setting up a countdown timer and even programming the daily alarm. It can also apparently light up with 5 different colors, and is available from Homeloo in orange or green for just $8.

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Scrolling Message LED Alarm Clock

LED Light Marquee Messager Alarm Clock (Image courtesy Computer Gear) By Andrew Liszewski

Here’s an alarm clock for those who can’t wake up without some sort of successory-like inspirational message. The LED Light Marquee Messager (I guess that’s a real word now) uses a grid of 56 red LEDs to display the time, plus one of 4 personalized messages (up to 28 characters in length) that can be programmed using a hidden 12 button keypad.

You have the option of only displaying the time, only displaying one of your messages, or displaying both right after each other, and this bad boy is powered by 3 x AAA batteries. You can get it from ComputerGear.com for $39.99.

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Alarm Clock Hack Puts Your Alarm Under Lock And Key

Saefty Alarm Clock (Images courtesy dylan2106 via Instructables)
By Andrew Liszewski

There’s no shortage of novelty alarm clocks designed to force you out of bed in the morning, but I suspect if you were to build one yourself, you’d be less inclined to smash it to pieces when it’s time to wake up. So head on over to Instructables where you’ll find a tutorial by ‘dylan2106′ that cleverly adds a key lock to your alarm, forcing you to get out of bed and find where you blindly threw the key the night before, in order to turn it off.

As an added safety mechanism, the modified alarm clock also uses the 9V backup battery to activate and power a loud buzzer in the event the user tries to foil the alarm by unplugging it from the wall. As is usually the case you’ll need to know a bit about wiring, soldering and electronics to pull off the hack, and in the end it seems like an awful lot of work when you could simply wake up on time by just going to bed slightly earlier. But where’s the fun in that?

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The Stig Helmet Projection Alarm Clock – Kinda Creepy

The Stig Helmet Projection Alarm Clock (Image courtesy Play.com) By Andrew Liszewski

This one’s for all the Top Gear fans out there. Just because the show might feature some of the most advanced and expensive sports cars on the planet apparently doesn’t mean the BBC is above licensing it out to crappy tie-in merchandise like this Stig Helmet Projection Alarm Clock.

Now making a clock look like the Stig isn’t all that difficult, you just need a white racing suit and a white helmet, but somehow the makers of this clock have managed to make it seem a bit more creepy than it needs to be. At least I wouldn’t be too comfortable waking up to this thing staring at me every morning.

The clock isn’t due for release until June, so specific details are a bit lacking right now, but with a price tag of just $26 from Play.com I’m not expecting much more than standard alarm clock features.

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The Simpsons Moe’s Tavern Talking Alarm Clock

The Simpsons: Moe's Tavern 3D Talking Alarm Clock (Image courtesy Play.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

Given that I usually fall asleep every night with some random episode of The Simpsons playng on the telly, it seems only fitting that I should wake up to The Simpsons as well. But convincing Dan Castellaneta to come and quote Homer and Barney lines to me every morning hasn’t been easy, so I’ll just have to settle for this 3D talking alarm clock I guess. It comes with 4 Simpsons characters, which you can move to the ‘master position’ depending on who you want to hear, and every morning you’ll be awoken to one of 12 authentic phrases including;

Homer: “To alcohol, the cause and solution to all of life’s problems.”
Moe: “Is there an I P Freely here? Hey everybody, I P Freely!!”
Barney: “Hey can I throw up in your bathroom? I’ll buy something…”
Duffman: “Duffman wants to party down with the man who sent in 10,000 duff labels!”

You’ll need to add 4 x AA batteries to the cost, but you can order the Moe’s Tavern talking alarm clock from Play.com for about $18.

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Memory Game (aka Simon) Alarm Clock

Memory Game Alarm Clock (Image courtesy UrbanTrend)
By Andrew Liszewski

While not officially billed under the Simon brand name, the 4 blue, red, green and yellow buttons on this Memory Game Alarm Clock don’t leave much to the imagination when it comes to what it’s trying to emulate. When the alarm sounds in the morning, you’ll need to correctly remember and reproduce the sequence of lights by pressing the 4 colored buttons in the correct order. Otherwise, the alarm will continue to sound until you’re awake enough to pop out the batteries. Pricing and availability is unknown.

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