The Alarm(ing) Clock

Alarm clocks have changed over time. No, really, check out the Wikipedia page!) Are you still using a tired old clock radio with big red LEDs on the front?

Old Clock

This is probably what most people think of when they picture an alarm clock…

…not a big chunk of wood.

New Clock

The Alarming Clock takes a (somewhat) new approach by presenting a nice looking object which also just happens to be an alarm clock. It has a digital display, but it’s hidden on the bottom. It doesn’t have a speaker that emits some digital beep, instead it takes a lesson from the old-school alarm clocks with bells and physically hits an object to create sound.

Sure, you might not be ready to shell out approximately $470 USD for this alarm clock, but it’s always nice to see what designers can come up with when faced with re-imagining something that’s been around for so many year and hasn’t changed much over time.

I’m still not convinced you need 8 hours of sleep every night though. ;)

August 27, 2013 · Posted by in art, design  

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3 Responses to “The Alarm(ing) Clock”

  1. joe on September 13th, 2013 11:07 am

    An interesting project, indeed. But I’m going to go crotchety and contend that this is a beautiful example of design run amok. To wit:

    “It has a digital display, but it’s hidden on the bottom.”
    —Well, that’s really handy when you want to glance over at your clock and see how much time you have left to lay in bed before you have to get up.

    “It doesn’t have a speaker that emits some digital beep, instead it takes a lesson from the old-school alarm clocks with bells and physically hits an object to create sound.”
    —That’s nice. Except that you have to position another object, like a glass vase, so that it’s right up against the little wooden thing that vibrates. Hmm… Do you really want another object cluttering up your nightstand? I don’t. And just imagine trying to flip this “alarm clock” over to see what time it is without knocking over the glass.

    $470.
    —Sorry, this is just so far beyond ridiculous there’s no need to say anything more.

    Oh, and no snooze button? Now, that’s a deal breaker, for sure.

  2. Pete Prodoehl on September 16th, 2013 11:50 am

    Joe, I get the feeling you don’t like art or idea or alternative ways of thinking! (But I know that’s not true.)

    Some people actually prefer not to be able to see a clock display while sleeping (I am one of them) as it can create stress about how much time you have left to sleep.

    As for a vase or glass of water, there is room to be unique and innovative in what you place near it. I’m actually a very light sleeper and I’m convinced that the solenoid sound alone would probably wake me up!

  3. joe on September 18th, 2013 8:37 am

    I’m not a Luddite by any means, nor do I have anything against art or new ideas, but I guess my mindset on design is more grounded in utility, ergonomics, practicality, and to a somewhat lesser degree, aesthetics.

    As a light sleeper myself, I’m with you on the clock display. I actually wish there were a dimmer for it, as just the light from it is usually enough to keep me up unless I cover it or block it with something.

    On the other hand, not being able to see the display at all unless you flip the clock over…very carefully, though, as you have to do this without knocking over whatever you’ve set up for your alarm resonator thingie… well, that goes back to my own predilection for design that takes utility into account.

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