This may not look like the most crushworthy item, but it's a classic case of form following functions--and many of them, at that. Depending on how you position it, the "multi-functional clock" from Japan-based Muji is a clock, a calendar, a thermometer or an alarm. Its utilitarian design lends itself for use in the kitchen or, as Ubergizmo suggests, as a space-saving travel device. And at $12, you won't fret too much about it when your luggage gets lost.
Fans of the multitasking gadget, get a load of this baby. It's a radio/police scanner/weather checker/atomic clock that will also clean your house and raise your children!
Actually, scratch those last two capabilities, but the product does combine AM/FM radio functions with police, traffic, weather and TV bands, in addition to atomic clock technology that automatically synchs with a signal from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's timekeeping system. (This latter feature, in short, apparently means an accuracy that'll make it much harder for you to blame your tardiness on the watch.) … Read more
What could be more annoying than a remote-controlled mosquito helicopter? A flying alarm clock that buzzes like one, as seen on Newlaunches. Think about it: Not only would you have a foreign object bouncing off your bedroom walls and ceiling, but it would be blaring its irritating alarm the whole time.
If this were in our house, it would only go off once. After that, it would be thrown out the window--open or not. So if you absolutely must have a flying alarm clock, we recommend this one instead. As Shiny Shiny points out, it's tethered to the ceiling … Read more
Enough already with the combo clock-weather stations. They've become as commonplace as the $6.99 digital alarm clocks behind the counter at Walgreens, next to the batteries and razor blades.
This uber-clock, by contrast, gives you the stuff you really want to know when you wake up: stock news, traffic bulletins, the Monday Night Football score and the latest on Britney's divorce and sex tape scandal. And you can set your MP3 tunes or Internet radio for the alarm. As its name implies, the award-winning "WidgetStation" displays your custom widget feeds on one of its two … Read more
Ian Walton, a student at the National College of Art & Design in Ireland, has won a Royal Society of Art Design Directions 2006 Designers Award for his idea of a glowing pillow.
The Glo Pillow alarm clock gently wakes people over a 40-minute period by slowly lighting up. It works the same way as the many lamps and alarm clocks that gradually bring you out of sleep before fully waking you with an alarming sound.
Just what we need--one more way to remind us how late we are.
At first glance, it looks pretty much like an ordinary clock. But if you check more closely, you'll see some black blocks and dotted lines around the face of the Ambient Clock. Those indicate, respectively, your calendar appointments and how long it will take to get to them.
How does it know what you've booked and when? The clock updates itself through a wireless connection to your Google Calendar. While the blocks represent chunks of minutes, each dot stands for one mile from the appointment.… Read more
You may think you have time. You don't. It's almost November. That's why I suggest bookmarking this in the holiday ideas folder on your Web browser. You mean you haven't started one yet?
The Verilux Rise and Shine Natural Alarm clock is like the Wake-up Light, but with a few more bells and whistles. The lamp/alarm clock will both wake you up and try to put you to sleep. For morning, set the clock so that sunlight and wake-up noises gradually increase over a 5-, 15-, 30- or 60- minute period. When you go to … Read more