Why We're Now Itching For a Video Alarm Clock

Why We're Now Itching For a Video Alarm Clock

Taryn Williford
Mar 18, 2011

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.

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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