Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Alarm Clock

The Barisieur has a fresh cup of coffee ready and waiting for when you wake up

If not ourselves, we all know someone that claims to be useless until they've had that first mouthful of coffee in the morning. The Barisiuer is an elegantly designed alarm clock that starts your day with a freshly-brewed cup of joe before you even get out of bed.  Read More

The Spark watch 'buzzes' you awake when you start to doze

Falling asleep at the wrong time is apparently a bigger problem than many people may realize. Along with the various systems aimed at keeping drivers awake, we've also recently seen a headset and an earpiece designed to let users know when they're inappropriately drifting off. While those devices have to be worn specifically for that purpose, the Spark takes the form of something you'd have on anyway – a watch.  Read More

Napwell can be used both for naps and longer sleeping sessions

The idea of being artificially woken up by a fake sunrise isn't a new one, with a range of sunrise alarm clocks available to buy. These include the Philips Wake-Up Light, Pure Twilight, and the Aurora Wake-Up Light from UnikkoNordic. However, using the same method for a sleeping mask is a new twist – and it's exactly what the team of engineers behind Napwell have done.  Read More

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

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.  Read More

The Flip alarm clock is turned on and off simply by turning it over

We’ve seen alarm clocks that you turn off by chasing them across the room, sticking a toothbrush in them or punching in a code in another room, but Lexon’s new Flip offers yet another alternative – you just turn the thing over.  Read More

The Wayki is an alarm clock that can only be turned off by inserting a paired toothbrush

Whether it’s smartphones, cameras or MP3 players, it probably goes without saying that most consumer electronics are designed for maximum user convenience ... that doesn’t always end up being the case, but it is at least the intention. The Wayki is somewhat unique, however, in that it’s specifically designed to force the user into doing two things that they’d rather put off: getting out of bed, and brushing their teeth. That’s right, it’s a combination alarm clock and toothbrush.  Read More

The singNshock plays your favorite music to rouse you before shocking you out of bed

Alarm clocks are a necessary technological evil for most of us, but the snooze button is an all too easy fallback for those unable to resist just a bit longer out under the covers. The singNshock is a concept that provides a slightly shocking answer to this problem.  Read More

The Aurora Wake-Up Light is an alarm clock with an illuminated section that actually rises...

Dawn-simulating alarm clocks, which wake the user up with a light that slowly comes on, have been around for a while now. Finland’s UnikkoNordic, however, is taking things a step further with the whole mimicking-the-rising-sun thing. It’s released the Aurora Wake-Up Light – an alarm clock with an LED-illuminated section that actually rises out of the clock as it comes on.  Read More

The iBell and the iBell mini side-by-side

Smartphones are replacing the need for many other devices, making some of them surplus to requirements, and turning others into luxuries rather than necessities. I'm talking about watches, calculators, dedicated media players, and even handheld games consoles and cameras – the capabilities of which are all contained, to varying degrees, in the not-so-humble smartphones lurking inside your pocket. Alarm clocks are another product that should by all rights be on the endangered list ... especially as there is now an iPhone accessory that brings old-school alarm clock functionality to your smartphone.  Read More

The Ramos clocks designed by Paul Sammut require a snoozer to get out of bed and enter a c...

While there are still some who, at the mention of the alarm clock, might think of a small, spring-driven, mechanical device topped by a couple of bells with a hammer between them, my generation would probably envision a digital clock radio. Recently, designers have come up with more and more ingenious (read evil) ways to get us out of bed - such as a clock with wheels that runs away at the appointed hour with buzzer sounding, or a 113dB sonic boom skull that also shakes the bed until you switch it off. The Ramos Alarm Clock from Paul Sammut is another design aimed at the dedicated snoozer who can usually find a way to prolong the warmth and comfort under the covers. The clock is wirelessly linked to a separate Defuse Panel located in another room, such as the bathroom, and a code will need to be correctly entered to silence the buzzer.  Read More

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