Yamanote Alarm Clock – Where’s that train again?

Jul 25, 2007
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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.

The Yamanote Alarm Clock looks a bit confusing at first glance (especially if you don't read Japanese), however, all of those little blocks represent the stations that happen to be set up on a circular route, while the arms show the real-time position of the train. The clock is kept in sync via a wireless radio broadcast system.

When the alarm goes off, you'll hear the same sound as you'd hear in the train station when a train is departing. You can pick one of these up for $65, however, if you don't live in Tokyo, there's not much of a point in getting one.

Yamanote Alarm Clock, It Connects Tokyo! [via coolbuzz]


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