Let’s be honest here. ‘Early Bird’ is not my second name. I have been waking up to a radio alarm clock set to a local radio station that manages to piss me off on a regular basis. The only good thing about it that it has a short snooze intervals and natural light. So I have been thinking about how to optimize being woken up. And mumbling “jus gimme finve more minnes” to your co-sleeper just gets less and less polite every day. Waking up is, after all, an important part of your day, well, d’uh, the beginning. Who am I kidding. If that would be true, all my days would be horrible… And although my research for a suitable method of disengaging myself of Morpheus’ realm was a waste of time and turned up nothing, it did lead me into the bizarre abyss of weird alarm clocking. If you want to snooze in horror, follow me!
First off, you got your basic garden variety of jumping, dancing and flying asshole clocks.
Ok, just this last one gets me in a bad mood alerady. Clocky is kind of cute though, reminds me of R2-D2.
And who would ever want to sleep on a LED display? Besides, I doubt that this alarm clock’s strategy to disguise itself as a lovable, ‘happy’ pillow would work on anyone. I despise alarm clocks, and I do not think that “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer” applies here.
Now, let’s look at some modded D.I.Y. varieties. Biggest and loudest go first!
Apparently, alarm clock has gone all web 2.0 without me. There is Sleep.FM, a social alarm clock.
If you still are thinking, “WHAT, friends choose my alarm sound?”, then think of a Social Alarm Clock like waking up to your favorite FM radio station. The only difference is the pleasant sounds that wake you were chosen by friends to start your day off with a smile, a laugh and or a reminder that you are important to them.
… yada yada yada. It connects via Facebook, and it does not support Android (yet).
If you are feeling risky, there is also a “chatroulette” app variety of the social alarm clock. You get a wake-up call by a total stranger. Or, if noone feels up to the job, by a computer voice. Creepy! Also, the guys who made it got an award for the most useless start-up.
If you want to go all Milgram Experiment on someone, look at this social alarm clock.
Maybe, I will return to the classics and be awakened by bird song.