Mario Bros POW Block Alarm Clock

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I found this really cool LED pixel clock, and it struck me as something that would be ideal for 8-bit or 16-bit video game clocks. The first thing that came to mind was the POW block from Mario Bros, which has a really simple look and would be ideal as a way to tell time. This device would be great as a desk or alarm clock.

Alarm Clock You Can Throw Many Times

 

Throwing Alarm Clock

There are currently alarm clocks you can throw, many shaped like a novelty sports ball (basketball). Unfortunately all of the electronics are built-in, so you might break it. The real drawback is you can only throw it the one time – normal people need multiple snoozes!

With this design you’ll have multiple objects to throw to satisfy your morning grouchiness, and at no risk to the electronic guts. When the alarm goes off, a ball is released and rolls down to the platform, activating the noise/light to wake the User. Removing the ball from the platform will trigger the snooze function (there is an off button too). You have the option to throw the ball, or place it back in the queue. If you’re like me you’ll awkwardly and eventually push the ball off the platform.

You get to exercise your throwing arm and vent some aggression in the morning. Also you’ll have some handy ammunition at your bedside, should you need to pummel a morning person, or to shut-off incriminating devices – just like Ferris Bueller.

Second version: This would have a single ball to throw, but tethered to the clock. Once you throw, the clock would begin to slowly reel the ball back. So snooze times could be extended if you throw the ball further! However the clock would need a motor, and could be noisy during the reeling process.

I have many other alarm clock designs if you are interested. Check them out here.

Spongebob Squarepants Alarm Clock

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Apparently there is a whole armada of Spongebob Squarepants alarm clocks, but none of them are a replica of the one used by Spongebob himself on the show; and I’m really surprised by that. Statistically speaking there are “morning people” who want to emulate the sponge’s wake-up routine.

Ghostbusters Wood Alarm Clock

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You might have seen those beautiful wood alarm clocks with displays that peer through the wood in the front. That was the approach here, with the addition of Janine’s “WE GOT ONE” button on top that functions as a snooze button.

Back To The Future Clock

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The last BTTF clock design I posted has been the bane of a few DIYers and countless people who want one but are disappointed to learn it’s only a concept. In all likelihood it’s too complex a design to execute, with all the digital displays and built-in calendar to boot.