One thing I love about living where I do, is that I can either walk or drive anywhere that I need to go. I used to live in one of the Chicago burbs, so I know what it's like trying to hurry down to the train station to get somewhere on time. Over in Tokyo there are a lot of people that have to catch the train, and now there's an alarm clock that will make sure you never miss it again.
Need a new clock just for the kitchen? This Soup Can Clock could be just the thing to hang up and it's likely to attract all kinds of attention.
I can't decide if this clock is so original it's chic or if it's just what you hang next to your redneck wind chime (you know, the one with a bunch of empty beer cans). It is pretty cool that it is handmade and that the can is recycled.
The artist Steve Buss is selling it for only $26. I suppose since an artist made it, that qualifies it as chic.
Soup Can Clock [via uberreview]
Okay, so next up is a vibrating ring that you wear in bed. But before you think we're retreading some intimate old ground let me point out that it's actually designed to gently wake you in the morning. Meng Fandi's Ring concept is a discrete alarm clock that allows two people to be roused at different times without disturbing the lucky bugger still sleeping.
Clock kits are nothing new - in fact I remember producing a monstrosity of timekeeping while in high-school tech class, complete with "fashionable" bent plastic stand - but they tend to be analogue since it's a lot easier to pop a few hands on a sprocket and slap an AA battery in round the back. Digital clocks are far rarer beasts, which is why it's so nice to see Furni's set and to hear that they're promoting some ingenious thinking thanks to a design competition.