Design studio GOGO believe you should work for your consumer goods, rather than expect something perfectly-formed dropping off the production-line. Their latest item, called "Log Radio", is pretty much exactly as the name might suggest: a length of wood with radio hardware installed and the buyer left to saw off their new gadget.
Okay, so it's not really watching you, but this Darth Vader Sculpted Wall Clock made by Wesco Limited is a tad bit creepy and would be a very bad idea for an accessory in a child's room.
Nothing like being reminded of the fleeting nature of time every single day. That's precisely what the students entering the Corpus Christi College's library will have to face from now on.
The Corpus Clock cost $1.8 million to make and features an escape wheel that is moved around by a grasshopper called a chronophage. It's totally unconventional and has no hands for seconds, minutes or hours. Instead, it has a wheel with openings that reveal blue LEDs to indicate the time.
The grasshopper perched on top blinks and "eats" the minutes. It's really pretty cool looking and was introduced by Stephen Hawking this past Friday. Funny thing is, the clock will occasionally stop, slow down, speed up and go backwards.
[via Crave at CNET]
This isn't the first water-powered clock to be sold, but it is a lot more attractive than some I have seen. The other one I wrote up over a year ago not only was cheap, but looked it.
There have been several overly cruel alarm clocks pop up, the Sonic Boom alarm has been probably the worst, that is until now. This clock appears perfectly innocent, but it actually uses a bit of negative reinforcement to get your rear out of bed.
Every three minutes after it goes off, if you don't shut it off, it will make random phone calls from your cellphone. That's right, have a number you're hanging onto for sentimental reasons but would never call, it may get dialed.
Even worse is if you happen to wake up someone that wasn't ready to be awake yet. I'm fairly sure that this would be extremely effective to have you bolting to shut it off in time. This is still a concept design though, so the world is safe for the moment. It was created by Alice Wang.