alarm clock

Moshi Voice Control Digital Clock Radio Makes Waking Up a Lot Harder

Moshi Voice Control Digital Clock Radio Makes Waking Up a Lot Harder

There has to be a fine line between our alarm clocks getting smarter. Or, maybe not smarter, but rather easier to control. Because, we don't know about you, but the only way our alarm clock wakes us up, is if we have to get out of bed to turn it off. Then again, there has to be something said about an alarm clock we can talk to. And, even better, that does what we tell it to do. We love our voice commands, after all.

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Intelligent DIY alarm clock auto-sets based on your Google Calendar [Video]

Intelligent DIY alarm clock auto-sets based on your Google Calendar [Video]

Alarm clocks haven't seen much in the way of excitement since the Goblin Teasmade, but that's all changed with the debut of the Dynamically Programmable Alarm Clock (DPAC).  The DIY handiwork of a group of electric engineering students at Northeastern University, the clock is capable of checking your Google Calendar, working out what time you need to be up in order to complete your first task or attend your first appointment, and then setting the alarm intelligently.  Meanwhile there's also home automation and more.

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IllyClock squeezes color-changing time into coffee can [Video]

IllyClock squeezes color-changing time into coffee can [Video]

While showing admirable recycling motivation, sticking a clock inside an old coffee can isn't enough to impress us; Instructables member florinc makes the grade because his DIY IllyClock adds in some color magic too.  Based on a Wiseduino - an Arduino clone with an integrated real-time clock - and an LED shield, the clock lights up its numerals in different shades depending on the time of day.

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Perfect Wakeup Machine first tempts then forces you from bed [Video]

Perfect Wakeup Machine first tempts then forces you from bed [Video]

Would Sharper Image have lasted longer if it billed its alarm clocks as capable of "more violent and persuasive measures" should the owner not get up? That's likely something we'll never know the answer to, but it's okay because we're too busy trying to avoid the wrath of "The Perfect Wakeup Machine": the handiwork of four mechanical engineering students at Colorado State University, this monstrous alarm first tempts you out of bed with freshly brewed coffee, before escalating to more dramatic methods.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoTime clock/remote thinks it’s a flute

Bang & Olufsen BeoTime clock/remote thinks it’s a flute

Now, it's Bang & Olufsen time, so please suspend all disbelief and reset your "it's how much?!" shock reaction.  The Danish company has unveiled its latest product, and we've a feeling Alyson Hannigan would approve.  The BeoTime alarm clock best resembles a flute, but is actually a way to not only get you up in the morning but to control your house full of expensive B&O A/V equipment.

 

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