The "Alertmaster" is marketed for the hard of hearing, but judging from the number of extreme alarm clocks on the market (including ones that fly and run away), it may catch on with the general consuming public as well. This one uses "a flashing lamp, a bed shaker and vibrating personal signaler," to get one's attention, according to Uber-Review. But if that's still not enough, you can also get a "Vibrating Alarm Watch" to keep you awake 24/7.
Our cell phones have long provided a huge choice of ring-tones. And the old-fashioned clock radio threatened to wake you up to some blathering radio jock giving the weather or interviewing a traffic cop. Now you can get some morning tones for nature's best singers.
It's the Songbird Serenade Clock. And in keeping with the Internet era of consumer choice, you can pick from a selection of different songcards including over 200 species of North Americna birds. Northern Cardinal? Western Meadowlark? Quarrelling Mallards? Your choice.
A couple of us Cravers love to highlight the brightest, flashiest, and most obnoxious in raver chic gadgetry, from ice cream trucks to keyboards. Here's another one for you, as seen on Technabob. These straight-outta-Japan watches from ODM Design have an "electroluminescent display that wraps around the curvature of the watch band." Apparently U.S. residents can find them on eBay for between $80 and $90. I haven't seen any photos to show how big these actually are on wrists, but I assume they could look pretty cool if they aren't too obnoxiously big and … Read more
Remember the orrery clock that you "read" analog-style by looking at the "planets" from a certain angle and reading their positions? Well, here's another gadget that you can file under "clocks from Japan that are only really smart people can read." And by smart people, I mean "not me."
This Modern Metal Tix Clock looks like it came off the wall of the Batcave in the old 1960s Batman TV show with Adam West. (BANG! POW! ZAP!) But it's actually a brushed-metal clock that displays the time by illuminating a … Read more
The pages of Crave have seen many a strange clock recently. In fact, we may or may not have imposed a moratorium on writing about creative clocks, even the kind that wake you up with bacon. But this one, featured on Technabob, is really worth a mention because of its sheer convolutedness.
Basically, this Japanese clock, which doesn't even look like a clock, is modeled off that classic old astronomy gadget called the orrery. A number of little aluminum "planets" circle a central body, and you decipher the time by "reading" the position of the … Read more
The alarm-clock sadists are at it again. Someone somewhere is having a grand time thinking up ways to rudely awaken us, literally, whether it be making clocks that run away or force us to disarm fake bombs.
But this new one crosses the line into a bizarre experiment in cruelty, if you ask us. (Which no one ever does, of course.) The "Shocking Alarm Clock" does just what its name implies: When you hit the button to turn it off, it gives you a "minor electrical shock" just for kicks--and you pay $30 for the privilege … Read more
Needless to say, we're fairly sick of all the alarm clocks that continue to flood the market, regardless of how sycophantic they may be. So we thought that we'd perhaps feel differently about a clock that lets us compose our own music to awaken us. We were wrong.
Hammacher Schlemmer's "Desktop Music Composer" has seven plastic modules of varying colors and shapes that provide sounds of different instruments depending where they're placed--up to 1,159 variations, to be exact. But as Ubergizmo says, "It will probably take a lifetime to find a tune … Read more
The "Jeeves" clock from Voco awakens you with one of 49 British quips from the voice of Stephen Fry himself, classically designed with Roman numerals and Ionic columns. An example from Pocket-lint: "Good morning, Sir. The prime minister phoned again. I told him you were not available. We shan't be treated like THAT again!" Indeed.
Imagine, if you will, this conversation between members of a product development team: "Man, waking up is hard."
"You know what else is hard? Saving money."
"We should make something that will help us do both at the same time!"
Maybe it never happened, but it's the only way we could explain the Banclock, an attractive, cube-shaped alarm clock that requires you to deposit change to turn off the alarm--no snooze, no off button, no wimps need purchase. (Though if your pockets are empty after playing too much pinball the night before, the … Read more