Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The morning solution?

I heard about these two alarm clocks on 96.3 FM. Mike Duncan is so hilarious when he tells stories, and I've been thinking about this concept since hearing his review.

Michael Kesterton

From Monday's Globe and Mail, Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2009 02:56AM EDT

Waking up ...

Rise and shine, lazybones. It's 9 a.m. on Monday and many Canadians have been out of bed for at least an hour.

... is hard to do

"Our first wake-up call usually comes with a sharp whack on the rump, followed by a yowl of protest." John Powers wrote in The Boston Globe in 1997. "Later, harried obstetricians are replaced by insistent parents, jangling alarm clocks, hysterical disc jockeys, honking horns, shrieking blue jays. The human race has figured out how to walk on the moon, split atoms and clone sheep. It has not yet devised an effective yet pleasant way to get out of bed. ... Everything we've invented, from the snooze alarm to the Shake Awake, a vibrating alarm clock, has been a desperate attempt to get around an eternal dilemma: We have to get up, but we don't want to."

Infernal devices

Two novelty alarm clocks described in the Nikkei Report last January:

Gun O'clock. "A round target mounted on top of a box-shaped clock stands up at the preset time with an alarm. The owner must shoot the target with a gun-like device equipped with an infrared red light to stop the alarm."

Helicopter Alarm Clock. "At the preset time, the helicopter-shaped clock launches a rotor into the air that flies around while the clock makes a blistering sound (a recording of actual engine noise at takeoff) until the rotor is returned to the clock base."

This might just work for me...I'd definitely have to have more than one clock. Can you just see it???


  1. I've been fascinated by the alarm clock that gradually lights up as it gets louder, gently awakening the sleeper over a period of several minutes... but I'm pretty sure that I would incorporate the alarm into my dreams and sleep right through it.

  2. My sweet daughter. Now that the word is out, I must say that in a few months you will not ever need an alarm again. You will soon develop what are known as "Mother's Ears". You'll even waken to the cats meowing!