Who among us really likes being awakened from a deep slumber by a jarring alarm buzzer? Sure, you could get yourself a clock radio or MP3 alarm clock and play some Enya or Kenny G to ease into the day, but who really wants to listen to that?
I’m absolutely bonkers for these gorgeous new digital clocks from British industrial designer Theo Williams. The LEXON Jet series of clocks feature a bold electroluminescent backlit dot matrix display that’s really really easy to read.
In addition to telling time, day and date, the Jet wall clock also features a temperature display and an alarm.
This old-fashioned looking alarm clock has a digital secret beneath its cover. It lets you take a custom audio clip and use it as your wake-up sound.
Just hook the battery-operated clock up to your PC via a USB cable, install the included software, and copy sounds directly to the clock to customize your alarm to your own preferences.
The programmable MP3 alarm clock comes with 30 pre-selected sounds including everything from frogs croaking to chirping birds to a roaring motorcycle.
I just love the clean, minimal design of this white-on-white LED clock from Japan. The simple dot-matrix display is powered by bright white LEDs layered beneath a clear and white acrylic shell.
The clock offers alarm capability, and can be automatically set via a radio signal (although it’s possible this feature only works in Japan).
This new tabletop radio from upstart Cue Acoustics certainly has a winning look. The Cue Radio features a minimal, modern industrial design and a bright, easy-to-read backlit display.
The Cue Radio will offer a digital AM/FM tuner with RDS track and station display, dual alarms, and a built-in iPod dock on top.
Trying to find out if there’s a wireless network nearby? This wristwatch not only tells the time, but can help you figure out the strength of the closest wireless signal.
Just press the clearly marked face button on Wi-Fi Detecting Watch, and it’ll indicate signal strength on a scale from 0 to 8.
If you’ve got a really cruel streak, here’s a new prank for your arsenal of practical jokes. This may look like an ordinary car keychain remote, but it won’t actually open any vehicle. Instead, it lets out a tiny jolt of electricity when your unsuspecting victim presses the wrong button.
The thing that makes me a bit nervous about this gag is that the company who makes them says there’s a laser pointer built into it, but it’s broken out of the box.
Here’s a nice way to wake from your slumber every morning. The Boynq WakeUp not only looks good, it’s got everything you need on your bedside table.
In addition to its digital alarm clock, The Wake Up offers an FM radio and an iPod dock.
For some reason, clock makers keep trying to bring back the magic of Nixie tubes without using any of the actual tubes. First, we had the LED “Nixie” Clock, and now we get this cheapo version that uses LCDs instead.
About the only thing the Marksman LCD “Nixie-Style” Alarm Clock has in common with a real Nixie clock is that it has clear tubular containers for each of the digits.
Do you tend to hunch over whenever you’re working at your computer? This oddity from Japan is designed to help correct this bad behavior by serving up an alert if you’re sitting (or standing?) improperly.
All I know is that you wear it around your neck, and when you start to slouch, it’ll correct you with an audible alarm.
This clock kind of reminds me of watching those information screens on Bloomberg TV. LEXON’s Status digital wall alarm clock lets you check the time, date, day and weather forecast all at a quick glance.
By combining all of these features onto a single large LCD screen, the Status clock gives you a heads-up display of all this information at once.
I really dig the clean modern styling of this bedside alarm clock from DesignEon. The cool thing about it is that there’s a built-in light that casts a dramatic glow from beneath the clock.
The clock comes in two styles, one with green LEDs and a green acrylic case, and the other one comes with orange LEDs and a clear acrylic case.
Whether you’re a dork, nerd, geek or even a dweeb, I think you’ll be looking pretty cool walking around with this cool digital watch.
Nixon’s $120 Metal Dork Watch features a hard-lined modern stainless steel case and band, along with black metal accents.
These digital watches from THix feature a unique dual time display that uses two separate LCD screens to tell the time and date.
The THix RE series can display separate time zones on either display, or can also show the time on one, and the day and date on the other.
Here’s another strange gadget out of Japan. This helps you keep track of when trains are coming to your nearby station.
In order to keep you on schedule, Yumekobo’s Yamanote Alarm Clock gives you a visual indication of the train schedule on its clock face.
Is this thing some sort of a light bulb? Not really. A digital alarm clock? Sometimes. How about an LED color-morphing lamp? Sure, when the mood is right.
From the side or back, this battery-powered gadget looks just like a traditional light bulb in a socket.