alarm clock

  • Dooze is an alarm clock with consequences

    I’m not a morning person and the snooze button on my alarm clock regularly gets a workout. If you suffer from the same issue (and own an Amazon Echo or similar Alex-enabled device), then maybe Dooze is for you. Jade Feng, Junshu Okamoto and Muhammed Gü built the project during our Disrupt SF Hackathon this weekend. It gives you a strong incentive to avoid your snooze button because… Read More

  • If You Hate Mornings, You’ll Really Hate Microsoft’s New Android Alarm Clock App

    Microsoft Garage today launched what must be the most annoying alarm clock for Android yet — especially if you hate mornings as much as I do. The Mimicker Alarm app only lets you dismiss the alarm by — you guessed it — mimicking certain facial expressions, taking a picture of an object that matches whatever color the app decides on for the day, or by repeating a tongue… Read More

  • WobL Smartphone Stand And Alarm App For iPhone Ensure You’ll Snooze Forever

    WobL Smartphone Stand And Alarm App For iPhone Ensure You’ll Snooze Forever

    I have an iPhone, and like most adult humans I imagine, I use that as my alarm clock in place of one of those quaint old-fashioned pieces of dedicated hardware we used to use. But it’s not always ideal: you can’t just smash a button to get it to stop trying to wake you up, for instance. The wobL, a new Kickstarter project launching today, hopes to fix that. As its name implies… Read More

  • Genius: New App Wakes You Up Earlier If It Snowed Last Night

    Genius: New App Wakes You Up Earlier If It Snowed Last Night

    This is smart: a new alarm clock application for the iPhone and Android wakes you earlier if it snowed last night. Called simply, “Winter Wake-Up,” the app lets you configure its settings to wake you up earlier than your scheduled alarm depending on weather conditions, with separate settings for both “Frost” and “Snow.” Read More

  • Music Planet: Ball-shaped, water-proof MP3 player for your bath tub

    A Japanese company called Idea Label has designed the “Music Planet” [JP] today, a portable, ball-shaped MP3 player that you can take with you to the bath tub. The device is IPX7-certified, meaning it can withstand immersion in water up to a depth of 1m for up to 30 minutes. Read More

  • PyramidTalk: Seiko updates their cult clocks from the 1980s

    Some of the older CrunchGear readers will surely remember the Pyramidtalk, a clock that verbally announced the time and other information. Seiko started selling the clock in 1984, and it turned out to be a big worldwide hit, with sales ballooning to 200,000 units per year at its peak. And now, just in time for Christmas, consumers (in Japan, at least) can lay their hands on an updated… Read More

  • Wrestling and boxing gong-shaped alarm clocks test your reaction time

    Japan and its alarm clocks. We just blogged the bizarre Clockman on Monday, but major Japanese toy maker Banpresto‘s two new models aren’t too normal either. The company has designed alarm clocks using wrestling and boxing gongs as the design motif. The idea actually kind of makes sense but is cruel at the same time. Read More

  • Clockman: Japanese alarm clock has its own personality (video)

    Japan sure has a penchant for weird alarm clocks, as we blogged many times in the past. And Clockman, a new model from major Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy, isn’t really normal either. Reasons: It looks creepy, it can speak, its eyes and mouth can move and Takara Tomy says it even has a personality and “blood type” (seriously). Read More

  • Traffic light alarm clock with extra-loud 40mm speaker

    For some reason, Japan has a thing for strange alarm clocks. Think of the helicopter clock, the Gun o’ clock or the railroad sign clock, for example. And now major Japanese toymaker Banpresto follows up with an alarm clock that has the characteristics of a traffic light [link leads to Amazon Japan, the company hasn’t set up a dedicated site for the gadget yet]. Read More

  • Convergence Run Amok: Alarm clock with pen holder

    Here’s a weird-looking convergence device — alarm clock, pen holder, and speaker — that might work for anyone who needs to write things down in the middle of the night. Maybe you’re a stand-up comedian who thinks up jokes while in a sleep-like state, a famous writer, or you just need to document your aggressive night terrors before you drift back off to whatever fresh… Read More

  • New Hello Kitty alarm clock looks cute, runs away to annoy you

    I covered quite a few alarm clocks with annoying features from Japan in the past months, i.e. one that’s shaped like a railroad crossing sign, one that wakes sleepers with helicopter engine sounds and Bandai’s brilliant Gun o’ Clock. But none of these devices is as cute as the Hello Kitty Action Alarm Clock, today announced by Sanrio (the company behind the ultrapopular… Read More

  • Start your day violently with the Smash Clock

    There are many, many crazy alarm clocks available, all designed to rouse you from the sweet embrace of the sandman. Some make you run around the room chasing some rolling or flying component, some make you assemble puzzle pieces, and some just plain annoy the hell out of you. I can’t wait until the Smash Clock comes to market, so that we can finally beat the crap out of an alarm clock. Read More

  • Know when it's time to wake up, analog style

    Finding it too easy to read your current alarm clock? Check out the new “Time Tuner” from ATREP04 design, based out of Constantinople Istanbul. Instead of using something like a numerical display, the Time Tuner uses a analog radio tuner, with a glowing light bar to indicate the hour and the minute. Despite the analog theme, the alarm clock will either wake you with an old… Read More

  • Seiko releases Hello Kitty alarm clock

    Seiko has announced a new Hello Kitty alarm clock, which triples as a thermometer and a hand mirror. The compact device (92×32×80mm) will go on sale in Japan this week. It will wake you up with three different chimes. Kitty says (in Japanese):
    – “It’s Kitty! You are still sleeping? If you oversleep, I will get angry!”
    – “Good morning! This is… Read More

  • New alarm clock shaped like a railroad crossing sign wakes you up with annoying signals

    The sleep-deprived Japanese seem to have a soft spot for wacky alarm clocks. Now Tokyo-based toy and video game maker Banpresto presents an alarm clock in the shape of a Japanese railroad crossing sign. Banpresto hasn’t included its newest product on their own website yet but the (official) promo picture above says the clock has extra-large speakers (40mm) to make sure you wake up when… Read More

  • Japanese alarm clock wakes up heavy sleepers with helicopter engine sound

    Tokyo-based Toyo Trading [JP] is selling an alarm clock in the shape of a helicopter, which wakes up users with a tricky mechanism. Unfortunately, the device is Japan-only at this point. At the preset time, the clock launches a rotor up in the air that keeps on flying around while making an extra-annoying engine sound (see Toyo Trading’s promo video below). The battery-powered clock can… Read More

  • TOKYObay Robots for your office cubicle

    What we have here is a heavy, metal, red robot alarm clock. He/she/it sits amongst my other cubicle decorations: two Kid Robot Munny dolls, Wowwee Chatterbot (I like bulldogs), and skull Pez dispenser. You can choose from three models with varying colors. The one I have is $48. I like the squatty looking one. It’s an alarm clock robot with moving legs, arms and head. That is all. Read More

  • Wake-up Light simulates rising sun to wake you up gently

    If you don’t like the idea of shooting your alarm clock, the new version of the Philips Wake-up Light might be for you. Like any other alarm clock, you set the time at which you want to be woken up. 30 minutes before that time arrives, however, the Wake-up Light starts to gently glow. As the minutes pass, the light gets brighter, simulating the rising sun, so that when the designated… Read More

  • Gun o' Clock: Bandai's new alarm clock has a death wish

    Japan seems to have a soft spot for weird alarm clocks. First the fly-away alarm clock, now this: At the end of October, Bandai will start offering an awesome alarm clock that can only be silenced with a special gun that will be sold along with it. The so-called Gun o’ Clock has two modes: In the time mode, the clock will wake users up with a normal alarm sound but also a voice… Read More

  • Mustek announces digital photo frame that doubles as an alarm clock and so much more

    I hate my alarm clock as I’m sure most of you do too. I’m still not sold on digital photo frames and I think it’s safe to say most you aren’t either. I only know one person who owns one. But what would you say to a digital photo frame that’s also an alarm clock? What if it had a calendar, indoor temperature gauge and MP3 player? I sure as heck would want one of those. Read More