Why We're Now Itching For a Video Alarm Clock

It's not every day you hear an idea and say "Yep, that's the future." I mean, maybe you could predict that something big, like the invention of the internet, would have mass implications. But have you ever predicted a product? We just saw this easy hack for a video alarm clock and we think the idea has strong legs to stick around in the home tech world—especially if there are lots of serial snoozers like us out there.

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Lifehacker posted a hack from one of it's readers that turns your Windows or Mac computer into a video alarm clock. It's easy to do, mainly involving setting some timing features in a calendar/task list and your resident media player.

Although most alarms get your attention with an annoying sound, the video alarm clock aims to do it with a distracting sound (and video!). When you wake and hear a familiar movie, music video or video Podcast, you'll want to sit up in bed and watch it. You're tricking yourself into getting up in a way that's way more fun than chasing something around the room.

While it's just a hack for now, we think this is definitely an idea device manufacturers could hitch on to. Imagine if every iHome had a 5" or 6" video screen that played your iPod's videos from your nightstand when you want to wake.

Really snoozy sleepers could even use the latest unwatched episode of their favorite show as a deterrent to sleeping in—delay watching the episode for a week, deciding instead to use it as your alarm threat each morning. You won't want to half-sleep and catch any out-of-context spoilers, right?

What do you think, readers? Would you dig having a video alarm clock? Is there any other idea or hack that you'd love to put into production? Tell us in the comments!



(Images: Flickr member minusbaby licensed for use under Creative Commons, Flickr member mstephens7 licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, designer, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She lives in an apartment in Atlanta with her fiancé, their Boston Terrier and lots of serving dishes.