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November 5, 2013

ALARMclock is an alarm clock capable of displaying a lot more information than just the time

ALARMclock is an alarm clock capable of displaying a lot more information than just the time

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ALARMclock might look like a simple wooden alarm clock, but its meek exterior hides its true raison d'etre, which is to energize each morning by shocking users awake with facts and figures highlighting the harsh realities of life.

Using an accompanying app for desktop, phones, and tablets, users can select what information to wake up to each morning. Options include current bank balance, the performance of a selected stock, the number of friends on social networking sites, or even projected life expectancy based on age, lifestyle, and other factors.

All of this information is sourced from the internet and displayed on the Raspberry Pi-powered ALARMclock's 8x32 2-bit LED display, providing a sobering reminder of the constant worries we've just enjoyed a brief respite from.

The idea is to reconnect us with the "powerful motivating forces such as financial instability, social insecurity and fear of death." While Fig, the company behind ALARMclock, hopes this will motivate users to jump out of bed and get to work changing their circumstances, we suspect some people will react by pulling the bedsheets over their head and staying ensconced in the safety of their bedroom for the rest of the day.

ALARMclock is currently being funded via Kickstarter, with a pledge of US$85 or more ($105 for international orders) securing a single unit. The campaign has reached its goal and deliveries are scheduled to begin from January 2014.

The video below shows ALARMclock in action.

Source: Kickstarter

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Something optimistic would be much better idea a nice recipe for breakfast perhaps or the latest news from gizmag ha.

Paul Adams

I think the designer of this clock has been sleeping with my wife!


This has been done before, and better, by devices that don't exist anymore because they didn't sell. After the newness wears off, this won't either.

Tom Sobieski

I wake up every morning feeling like I've had the crap kicked out of me as it is. The last thing I'm going to want is to hear how bad the rest of my life is, or is going to be.


The idea may sound macabre, but it motivates. So did the 1993 MacOS freeware program Life Chronometer: You told it when you were born and when you thought you'd die; a desktop timer then counted down your remaining hours.

Paul Stregevsky

Generally the alarm clock going off counts as the worst new of the day.

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