Waking Up to the Best of Alarm Clocks and Alarm Apps

No longer is the question, "how many people out there use their cell as an alarm clock?" The question now is how many still use an old fashioned alarm clock? But whether you want a physical stand-alone alarm clock or prefer to rely upon your phone and an alarm app, there are several well-designed options out there...

Clocks

iPhone Alarm Dock: The iPhone Alarm Dock lets you have the best of both worlds. You can continue using your phone as an alarm, but you have a pretty wooden case to mount it on that also comes with to thread your USB charging cable through.

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Bird Alarm Clock: We have a thing for birds and it's not just because we love Twitter. The Bird Alarm tweets sweetly to wake you up in the morning - and it's a bilingual specimen. You can set it to wake you up in English or Japanese.

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Alarm Clock Wood Cube Dark: There's a handsome simplicity about this wood cube clock. We like the contrast between natural dark wood and red LED digital time. The wood cube looks just like a pretty wood cube normally. Clap your hands if you want to see the time.

Apps
Uniqlo Wake Up App: Along with being one of our favorite retail stores, Uniqlo is always dreaming up great digital gems like screensavers and Twitter lines leading up to the opening of new stores. The Wake Up app is another awesome invention of theirs. The alarm plays a custom song to wake you up based on the weather, hour and day of the week. You can also hear the temperature, conditions and time if you want. The app was made in collaboration with artists Cornelius/Keigo Oyamada and Yoko Kanno.

Anywake App: Anywake turns waking up into a game. Anywake is an alarm app that wakes you up to the sounds of a random city. If you guys which one it is, you're rewarded with discounted tickets to that destination. It's only available in Sweden currently, but it's such a cool idea.

(Images: 1. Taken by Julienne Lin)