Top 10 alarms

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For most people, getting out of bed in the morning is a bit of a struggle. Luckily, the 10 clocks below are here to help. Some wake you up with an annoyingly loud noise, while others won’t shut off until you complete a task–but they all promise to get even the sleepiest sleepyhead up and moving.

Start Your Engines

 

It’s full speed ahead as soon as this Genuine Hotrod Hardware drag-racing alarm clock goes off. The dashboard-inspired clock makes engine-revving sounds and flashes colored lights at the set time, so you’ll feel like you’re waking up right on the racetrack.

Hide and Go Seek

There’s no excuse for waking up late with this alarm clock. As soon as you hit “snooze,” Clocky jumps off your nightstand and begins moving around the floor, looking for somewhere to hide. Nothing like a little hide-and-go-seek to rouse you from your slumber.

Attention!

Ever wonder what waking up in the army would be like? Find out for yourself with this Drill Sergeant Alarm Clock, which blasts the army’s morning bugle call, “Reveille,” before your very own drill sergeant starts shouting orders.

Duck for Cover

This Sonic Grenade alarm clock is guaranteed to get your sleepy children out of bed. Just pull the pin, throw the grenade into the room and get out of the way as it emits an ear-piercing noise.

Blast Off

The Rocket Launcher alarm clock will really “launch” you from your bed. When the alarm goes off, it shoots a rocket off in your room, and the only way to turn it off is to locate the rocket and place it back on the launch pad.

Puzzled

There’s probably nothing more annoying than putting together a puzzle before you’ve even had a cup of coffee, but with the Puzzle Alarm Clock, you’ll have to do just that. Once your alarm goes off, three puzzle pieces go flying in the air, and you have to return the colored shapes to the correct places in order to shut it off.

Get Up, Stand Up

The toughest part about waking up for many people is physically getting out of bed. Luckily, the Carpet Alarm Clock helps you work through the hard part, by forcing you to stand up and step on the mat to turn it off.

Don’t Drop the Bomb

You know that moment in a movie when the hero has mere seconds to dismantle a bomb before it explodes? You can experience that excitement every morning with the alarm clock. When the Banpresto DangerBomb alarm goes off, a series of loud explosive noises will sound until you’ve successfully disconnected the correct wire.

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo

The KUKU alarm takes the experience of waking up on a farm to a whole new level. When it’s time for your alarm to go off, it starts crowing and five tiny eggs are released into a basket. In order to get the noise to stop, you have to deposit the eggs back into the clock.

It Keeps Going and Going

 

The No Snooze alarm clock ensures you’ll wake up the one—and only—time your alarm goes off. A bright green light is emitted from the top and beeping noises sound continuously until you’ve successfully lifted and rotated the alarm’s strap for 1 1/2 minutes. Think you can just take out the batteries? Not so fast—the alarm comes complete with built-in electrically rechargeable batteries.

7 Irresistible Products

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Solar Monkey Adventurer Charger

The solarmonkey adventurer is a slimline, compact 2-panel solar charger with a 2500mAh internal lithium polymer battery.  The clamshell design offers optimum weight-to-efficiency at just 265g and the 2 solar panels output 3 watt max.  The adventurer features auto-load, self sensing switching technology, meaning when a device is connected, the adventurer will automatically start to charge your device and will optimise the charging parameters required.

The polysilicon solar panel offers photovoltaic efficiency up to 17% and features a USB 700mA @ 5v output, fully supporting Apple iPhones, iPads, iPods, mobile Phones and other 5v gadgets such as portable games consoles, handheld GPS systems, e-readers, etc. The solarmonkey adventurer also has a solar energy detection feature which activates the incorporated state-of-the-art MPPT (maximum power point tracker) technology, allowing it to charge your device more efficiently in low light conditions. The solar panels will charge the internal battery in just 12 hours in optimum light conditions.

Viteo Outdoor Shower

It doesn’t take much to work out an ideal way of cooling down in summer – quite simply, a rain cloud will do. Featuring a clear and functional design by Danny Venlet, ideal for the garden, patio or balcony.All you need to do is step into the VITEO Shower: Your body weight sets off shower jets arranged in a circle around the edge of the foot panel. The jets first gush up and meet in the middle over your head before falling gently down like rain. To dispel the ‘cloud’ and let the sun shine through once more you simply step off the foot panel.

  • measurementsDM 78 cm / H 11,5 cm weight14 kg
  • materialplastics (ABS, UV resistant, non-slip), stainless steel ring, grinded (1.4301)
  • loadmin. 18 kg (opening of valve), max. 150 kg

Tipping Teacup

This Red Dot Design honorable mention will turn your break into a meditative escape, steeped in contemporary style. The teacup has an unusual angled bottom that allows it to rest in two different positions. On one side is a screened compartment in which you place your favorite loose tea leaves. Pour hot water through the screen and allow it to steep. Once it’s done, simply tip the cup in the other direction, lifting the leaves up out of the water. The cup’s large size is perfect for cradling between your hands as you enjoy the warmth of your drink. Screen is removable for simple clean-up. Made from SAN (thermo resistant food grade plastic) and features a glossy interior and matte exterior. Dishwasher safe. Not microwave safe. Designed in Finland; made in China.

Elia Three Drawer Nightstand

English dovetail drawer construction Steel case full extension ball bearing drawer glides top drawer features a velvet lined tray and built in charging dock English dovetail drawer construction Steel case full extension ball bearing drawer glides.

DustPan + Bin

By morphing the function of the dust-pin with that of the trash-can, a new hybrid is born:  this dustpan that has a function, even when not in use, to put waste as a trashcan. This dust-pin seem like just dust-pin, but it’s not only a dust-pin but also trash can. It would be easier to sweep waste and dust. when you finish  sweeping a room clean, you just turn the bottom of “Triangle” at an angle of 90 degrees.It will be a trash can. Maybe your sweeping is too so quit being lazy and  you empty the trash bin already!.

Floating Lamp by Crealev

Angela Jansen has reinvented the standard lamp. The design evokes memories of old fashioned lamps, but when you see the floating part, you realize this is designed for the future.The lamp consists out of a handcrafted wooden base with a high glossy black finish. Attached is a stylish black fabric covered power cable. The conical shaped lampshade is manufactured in matt black fabric with a pearl white inner sid furnishing. The light flows through the openings of the mirror which covers the lower part of the lampshade.It consist out of electromagnetic components and a sophisticated control system. Next to the fact that they employ the very latest LED technology, the lamp is low in power consumption too. With a touch of your fingertip, the lamp can be dimmed to the intensity you require.The fabric covered power cord is 2.00 meters long (6,5 feet) and is connected to the universal power adaptor with a power cable with the length of 1.85 meters (6 feet). The standard universal power adaptor has a EU two pins power plug, but you can order an US power adaptor.Light intensity: 300 Lux. Power consumption: 3W standby (only levitation on), 15W when the LEDs are fully on.

Graff Ametis Shower Head

  • 3/4? Thermostatic Valve and Trim
  • Showerhead with No-Clog, Easy-Clean Spray Nozzles
  • Swivel Body Sprays (4 pieces)
  • Optional Extension Kit
  • ADA Compliant
  • Polished Chrome

Cool gadgets for creative offices

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Each designer or agency office should be filled with creative and innovative gadgets that surprise our clients and stimulate the imagination. This will not make you a better designer, but looks are important, specially in front of your clients.

Are you a good designer? Then show us your gadgets.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When computers were sexy: Hilarious vintage ads from the early days of the PC

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Companies such as Apple have made their name by marketing their products not just as technological tools but as glamorous and fun toys.

But this marketing technique is nothing new, as these vintage adverts from the early days of PCs show.

They portray computers as fun, easy to use – and even sexy, with the help of a few eager-looking models.

Other quirks of the now-outdated ads include the attempt to initiate consumers in the strange world of ‘electronic mail’, and an appearance from the young Bill Gates.

 
'Maybe even sexy': This glamorous 1971 advert is trying to sell a modem, of all things‘Maybe even sexy’: This glamorous 1971 advert is trying to sell a modem, of all things
 
Girl power: Technico Inc also used sex appeal to sell their 'microcomputer' in 1978
Girl power: Technico Inc also used sex appeal to sell their ‘microcomputer’ in 1978
Sex sells: Film character Elvira was recruited to depict a desktop as a chainsaw tearing apart the old ways of doing things in this bizarre 1991 advertSex sells: Film character Elvira was recruited to depict a desktop as a chainsaw tearing apart the old ways of doing things in this bizarre 1991 advert
 
What indeed? Three decades on, scenes like this are a thing of the past as email has become ubiquitous
What indeed? Three decades on, scenes like this are a thing of the past as email has become ubiquitous
 
Hot shot: Bill Gates teamed up with Radio Shack in 1985 to promote computers carrying Microsoft Windows
Hot shot: Bill Gates teamed up with Radio Shack in 1985 to promote computers carrying Microsoft Windows
 
Star power: Sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov was another well-known spokesman for Radio Shack in the 1980s
Star power: Sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov was another well-known spokesman for Radio Shack in the 1980s
 
 
Handy? In 1976, this chunky briefcase was the equivalent of the modern laptop, complete with tiny screen
Handy? In 1976, this chunky briefcase was the equivalent of the modern laptop, complete with tiny screen
 
Groundbreaking: This advert for Microsoft Excel predicts that the programme will still be useful in five years... and it was 25 years ago
Groundbreaking: This advert for Microsoft Excel predicts that the programme will still be useful in five years… and it was 25 years ago
 
Giant? This RAM card from 1977 was fast for its time, but had 30,000 times less power than the latest iPhone
Giant? This RAM card from 1977 was fast for its time, but had 30,000 times less power than the latest iPhone
 
Mail order memory: System Industries charged an annual salary for enough storage space to hold half a film

Mail order memory: System Industries charged an annual salary for enough storage space to hold half a movie

The Alarm Clock From Hell

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Local engineer Paul Sammut invents the most annoying alarm clock ever ::::::::::

The cursed clock requires sleepers to enter an ever-changing PIN code on a punch pad in another room just to activate the snooze button.

“In high school, I had a really good alarm clock, and it was my mom,” said the clock’s inventor, 24-year-old Paul Sammut. “She wouldn’t stop annoying me until I got out of bed. I tried to think of something similar to that.”

After leaving home, Sammut dreamed for years of enjoying a leisurely breakfast before work.
“I could never say no to a warm, cozy bed,” he said.

“My alarm would go off, and I’d hit the snooze button until it was too late.”
He tried moving his alarm to other rooms so he’d be forced out of bed to turn it off.
 
“If you put your alarm clock too far away, you’re not going to hear it or you’re going to piss off your roommates,” he said.

His invention, called the Ramos clock, sits on a nightstand but only stops ringing after getting a wireless signal from the punch pad placed a room or two away. Worse, an hour before going off, it can be set to go into lockdown mode, preventing any last-minute changes to the wake up time.

“You can’t turn it off, you can’t reset. It’s going to go off,” he said with a wicked smile as he patted a prototype. “It’s friendly. You just need to do what it says.”

Sammut spent the last year fine-tuning — and waking up to — the prototype, which has about 60 components inside its sleek birch veneer. He buys antique parts from sellers in Russia on eBay.

Inside the clock, an electromagnetic coil wrapped around a tube causes a pin to hit the head of a concierge bell, the kind customers use to summon absent help when no one’s behind the desk. The bell rings repeatedly in a random patter until deactivated by the PIN.

“I coded it so it sounds like an annoying customer,” Sammut said.

The punch pad requires you to enter that day’s date.

“It forces me to punch in a different number every day,” Sammut explained. “I’m trying to break myself out of that morning zombie state.”

He showcased the clock on kickstarter.com last week and unexpectedly hit his $75,000 fund-raising goal in just six days.

More than 120 gluttons for punishment have pledged $160 or more on the website to be among the first to get their hands on the weapon of mass disruption. He’s pledged to get them their clocks by September.

He will make them in his spare time from his day job developing underwater robots with Navy funding at Hoboken’s Stevens Institute of Technology.

Born in Queens, Sammut spent his early childhood in his parents’s native Malta before they moved to the upper East Side when he was 11. His dad, a doorman and handyman, always had a workshop. Sammut made his own when he moved to Hoboken as an adult.
The clock, he says, has changed his life.

“I wake up right before it goes off,” he said. “I fear it now.”

Eight great gadgets for college dorms

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Eight great gadgets for college dorms

It’s almost time for college students to begin fall classes, so I thought it would be good to compile a list of gadgets for college dorms and apartments. The obvious ones, like smartphones, laptops, iPads and calculators aren’t listed here because I went for the fun and unique gadgets instead. Take a look and let me know if you’ve found something cool that should be included.

1. The Elite Cuisine Multi-Function 3-In-1 Breakfast Center is a coffee maker, toaster oven and griddle all in one. Great for those late-night study sessions, some frozen egg rolls or a short stack of pancakes in the morning before class.

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2. The Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker will wake you up after that late night of studying so you don’t miss that important exam. It has a maximum sound level of 113 decibels and if you put it under your mattress it also will shake your bed. If you don’t wake up when this thing goes off it’s time to call 911.

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3. CordaRoy’s Beanbag Beds are beanbag chairs that convert into a spare bed. They’re great for reading and relaxing and when a friend visits and wants to spend the night you’ll have an extra bed. They’re available in sizes up to double King.

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4. The Fridge Locker Personal Food Security System will keep your groceries and snacks safe if you have to share fridge space with roommates. Get one and you won’t have to worry about an 800-pound grizzly bear getting your food.

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5. The WiFi Detector Shirt will help you monitor your wireless connection in your dorm room and around campus. The shirt lights up to indicate when you have the best signal strength.

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6. The Nostalgia HDT-600 Hot-Dog/Pop-up Toaster hotdog maker is a great complement to the Breakfast Center, giving you a way to make fresh hot dogs for lunch or dinner as easily as you can make toast. It cooks two hot dogs and two buns at a time.

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7. Stash Safes from dormgear.net let you hide money, credit cards and other valuable in a fake Pringles can, stack of CDs or a flower pot. These provide a great place to hide your car keys if you don’t want roommates “borrowing” your car.

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8. The Lacie iamaKey USB 2.0 Flash Drive is a handy thing to keep on your key ring so you can easily transport documents back and forth from the computer lab for printing or quick transfer to your laptop. Comes in capacities up to 32GB.

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$8,000 24ct gold plated BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981

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Gold Plated BlackBerry P9981

As if the $2,000 base price for the Porsche Design P’9981 wasn’t enough, you can now buy your very own 24ct gold plated version on eBay. The Buy It Now price is set at £4,799.99 (or just over $7,500 US) and gets you a brand new, limited edition, 24ct gold plated device. According to the listing only 100 of these will be made and each will be marked and numbered. 10% of the sale price even goes to support the Sport Relief charity.

Awon “money miss road peeps”, treasury looters and drug dealers take note and get ready for the launch in Nigeria if it becomes a success and more copies are made..

Hopefully coming to a SLOT shop near you. Stay tuned. Winking smile