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World’s Worst Alarm Clock Could Actually Be The Best


Alarm clocks are supposed to wake you up. But depending on where you stand in life, the ALARMclock can either also fill your day with a sense of delight and motivation, or just depress you to death. See, when you first set it up you’re supposed to enter a wealth of information onto its related application. That data involves passwords to your social networks, bank accounts, investments and anything else you chose to provide it. Then you determine which one of these datasets it displays to you as you waken. Want to know how many days you have left to live? It’ll display that, based on a calculation centered on your current age, lifestyle, diet, family history, etc. What about how many friends you have? It can display that too since you gave it access. The options are almost endless and easily configurable through a website. It sounds silly right off the bat, but there can be situations where you’d want to know a particular thing the minute your eyes are open. Or maybe a specific type of information can motivate you to get out of bed. Whatever the case, it’s nice to know that a product exists that’s able to do this, if this is what you’re into. An $85 pledge will get you yours.

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Defusable Alarm Clock

Defusable Alarm Clock (Image courtesy Mike Krumpus)
By Andrew Liszewski

Sugar and caffeine can’t hold a candle to a shot of adrenaline when it comes to waking you up. Which is why we feel this bomb-shaped alarm clock, which looks like it was ordered directly from the ACME catalog, would be far more effective than the countless number of alarm clocks we’ve brought you in the past. Designed and built by Mike Krumpus from Nootropic Design, when the countdown for the alarm starts you have to snip one of 3 wires to ‘diffuse’ the situation. And every time the countdown begins it’s a different randomly selected wire that does the trick.

Now granted, having to replace the wires every single night before going to bed is probably kind of annoying. And knowing the bomb is actually made from paper towel tubes takes away some of the adrenaline producing fear that would help wake you up in the morning. (Even though the clay version pictured below is certainly convincing.) But if it’s fear and adrenaline you’re after I’d suggest packing one of these in your luggage and convincing airport security it’s just a travel alarm.

Defusable Alarm Clock (Image courtesy Mike Krumpus)

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My Wake Up Call Alarm Clock Out Annoys Them All With Motivational Messages

My Wake Up Call Alarm Clock (Images courtesy Gizmag & AllPosters)
By Brian Liszewski

Forget about alarm clocks that try to drive off and escape, shake your bed or even test your shooting accuracy in the morning. We’ve found what is certainly the most effective way to get someone to leap out of bed and kill their alarm. Instead of music or buzzing sounds, the My Wake Up Call alarm clock plays motivational messages from a wide range of overly-energetic type-A personality ‘gurus’ who I’m sure have all appeared on Oprah at one time or another.

You can order the alarm clock pictured above that plays something called ‘compact discs’ for $59.95, or an iPod-compatible version for $69.95 that both include a month’s worth of motivational wake up messages. You can also just order or download a month of messages by themselves, if you’ve already got the hardware, for $19.95. Including such titles as ‘My Wake Up Call to Love’, ‘My Powerthoughts Wake Up Call’ and ‘My Emotional Freedom Wake Up Call’… Uh-huh…

[ My Wake Up Call Alarm Clock ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Mr. Bump Alarm Clock Needs Your Abuse

Mr. Bump Alarm Clock (Images courtesy Truffle Shuffle)
By Andrew Liszewski

Physically abusing an alarm clock just to get a few more minutes of sleep in the morning isn’t a new idea. But you might feel a little less put off by the idea when the alarm clock looks like one of the lovable characters from Roger Hargreaves’ Mr. Men/Little Miss series. And while Mr. Bump might look too adorable to throw, just remember that pain and injury are his raison d’être. His modus operandi. Without a reason for wearing those bandages he’d just be ‘Mr. Creepy Mummy Fetish’ or something. ~$21 (£12.99) from Truffle Shuffle.

[ Mr. Bump Off The Wall Alarm Clock ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

iLive’s Clock Radio Dock Cleverly Increases The iPhone’s Time Display

iLive Clock Radio Dock (Image courtesy Seventh Avenue)
By Andrew Liszewski

Having trouble seeing the time from afar when using your smartphone as an alarm clock? For the most part, iPhone alarm clock apps use a digital time display that’s larger and brighter than your traditional alarm clock hardware. But you know how people can be. You give ’em an inch, and they take a mile. So if the iPhone’s display still isn’t big enough for you to read in the middle of the night, iLive’s Clock Radio Dock certainly will be.

Instead of a digital display, the iLive uses your iPhone as the hands, and the number 12, for a traditional analog clock face. Admittedly the hour, minute and second hands generated by the free accompanying app are a little on the small side, kind of negating the size advantage of the larger clock face. But I’ll still give them points for originality. As alarm clocks go it’s as functional as one would need, with dual alarms that can wake you to music, the radio or a beeping sounds. It’s also got a sleep timer and snooze function, a full function remote and can be yours for just $49.99.

[ iLive Clock Radio Dock ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Wooden Alarm Dock Does Nothing More Than Look Stylish

Alarm Dock (Image courtesy Areaware)
By Andrew Liszewski

Product design is a battle between form and function, and ideally you always want it to end in a draw so there’s a balance between the two. But sometimes one side is the clear winner, and in this case it’s form that takes all the glory. Jonas Damon’s beech wood Alarm Dock is as featureless and functionless as it gets. It’s basically just a faux wooden alarm clock designed to hold your iPhone at an ideal angle so you can use it as a bedside alarm clock.

An opening on the back allows you to run the iPhone’s charging cable through so it charges over night, while a downloadable flip clock app adds to the retro charm. And I’m completely surprised that you can actually order one from AREAWARE for just $39.50. Sure it’s kind of expensive given it does nothing, but the rule of thumb is that designery things usually cost an arm and a leg right?

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OhGizmo! Review – XtremeMac 3 In 1 Microdock

XtremeMac 3 In 1 Microdock (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that most people with even a moderately capable smartphone already use it as a replacement for their alarm clock. And I’d love to count myself among those who do, but unfortunately I usually require a decibel level on par with a passing commercial airliner to wake me up in the morning. So unfortuntely the speaker on my iPhone doesn’t quite cut it.

Thankfully alarm clock dock accessories for the iPhone are just about as plentiful as cases these days, and I recently had the chance to try out the compact 3 in 1 Microdock from XtremeMac. Its small footprint not only makes it ideal for home use since it won’t take up a lot of space on your nightstand, but it’s easy to travel with as well. That compact form factor does come with a few trade-offs though, which I’ll go into detail about in my full review found after the jump.

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aXbo Sleep Phase Alarm Clock Adds An Intelligent Snooze Function

aXbo Sleep Phase Alarm Clock (Images courtesy Infactory Innovations & Trade GMBH)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve often thought about trying one of these sleep phase alarm clocks, like the aXbo, that promises to only wake you up when your body is ready by tracking your sleep phases. But I just don’t think I’ll ever be ready to immediately get out of bed when the alarm goes off, which is what you’re supposed to do with these. In fact until recently the aXbo didn’t even have a snooze button, but thanks to a recent firmware upgrade it now comes with what they call the iSnooze feature (sigh…) which will let you catch a few more Z’s waking you again at the next optimal point in your sleep cycle.

And if you’re not already familiar with the aXbo, it looks like one of the better solutions if you’re into the whole sleep phase tracking thing. Of course while that technique supposedly makes it easier to get up in the morning, the downside is that you have to wear a special wrist band all night which allows the alarm clock to track your movements and tossing and turning so it can accurately predict when the optimal time in the morning is to wake you. I’m also awarding extra points for the mouse-like scroll wheel it uses for navigating menus or adjusting the time and alarms. Much better than repeatedly hitting an up or down button and having it overshoot the mark when holding it down for too long. I just wish it wasn’t ~$275 (€199) which is pretty steep.

[ aXbo Sleep Phase Alarm Clock ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Buzz And Woody Get The LEGO Minifigure Alarm Clock Treatment

Toy Story LEGO Alarm Clocks (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

A host of various Star Wars characters have already gotten the minifigure alarm clock treatment, but now that LEGO makes Toy Story themed sets, a couple of Pixar’s flagship characters are getting in on the action too. Available for pre-order from for ~$40, these Buzz Lightyear and Woody alarm clocks are fully posable, and like their Star Wars counterparts, feature a large, easy to read LCD display on their chests. With Woody the buttons for setting the alarm and time are located on his back, but with Buzz they’re cleverly integrated into his chest plate. And to snooze the alarm all you have to do is either press on Woody’s hat, or Buzz’s helmet.

[ Buzz Lightyear & Woody LEGO Minifigure Alarm Clock ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]