Why Cell Phones Are Better Alarms Than Clocks

Why Cell Phones Are Better Alarms Than Clocks

Joel Pirela
May 31, 2011

One of the advantages of using the cell phone as an alarm clock is their multi-use capabilities are right there at arm's reach before going to bed and upon waking up. Smart phones aren't just alarm clocks, but also radios, custom jukeboxes that can replace that horrible buzzer, give you the day's forecast at a glance, while also keeping you immediately on point with the day's schedule. That old fashioned alarm clock doesn't seem so useful now, does it? But sometimes heavy sleepers need extra help in the wake up department, and that's where alarm docking stations merge yesterday and today's tech...

This is a more complex system than just an alarm clock. Together, the WakeMate wristband and application help you wake up feeling refreshed. Using proprietary sleep pattern software called "Wakelytics", its optimizes your waking hours by automatically analyzing your sleep and illuminating personal habits that affect your sleep. You just enter the parameters of your waking time and the system does the rest for you. Amazing!

We like that the Sony ICF-C7IP includes multiple wake-up features. It packs a wide variety of functions into one compact design. It has a hidden sliding dock tray, That lets you dock your compatible iPhone or iPod. A dual alarm lets you set two separate wake-up times with the option of waking up to the music stored on your iPhone, iPod, or favorite radio station. Additional features include an AM/FM tuner with 30 presets, a large and easy-to-read LCD and an included remote control that lets you manage your tunes from around the room.

Lark Up Alarm Clock
With the new Lark alarm clock system, it makes waking up a peaceful event. LARK  consists of an iPhone application, a wristband and a custom bedside stand for your iphone, when the alarm goes off the wristband vibrates, and this is designed to wake you up without having a noisy alarm. We love that!

Silence Alarm Clock
Even that this is not an iPhone alarm clock, we love the concept of an alarm that wakes you up silently without waking someone else up. It all sounds very futuristic, but that's exactly the type of concept industrial designer Johan Brengesjo has been working on. Silence is a wireless-connected rubber ring with an integrated vibration device that generates a tactile alarm of natural kinetic movements. Worn on a person's finger, the ring also comes with a snooze function which can be engaged by shaking the hand of the ring finger. Each successive time you want to snooze, more movement is required to activate the function. That's a great idea!

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