Back To The Future Travel Alarm Clock

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This travel alarm clock is about the size of a Funko Pop. It runs on a rechargeable battery, so to save power the time is only displayed when the head is pressed down (this also operates the snooze feature). All of the buttons are on the back, but if it were up to me this gadget would be set remotely by a smart app.

This started as a personal assistant (Alexa/Siri) design, but you guys are probably tired of those! A Bluetooth speaker approach was also considered, but seeing as this character is good at waking up nerds, an alarm clock seemed like the best fit. This approach could be used with any other visor-wearing character, like the Stig or the Power Rangers.

Link’s Awakening Alarm Clock

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This alarm clock would use the same technology found in Nintendo’s oldĀ Game & Watch handhelds, which had an LCD display with a color background layer. This would allow for a display comparable to the original Game Boy Color, and enable a simple alarm animation (which was another staple of the Game & Watch devices).

HUD Alarm Clock Design

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Heads Up Displays have been commonplace in cars for a few decades now, where they project useful information onto the windshield for drivers to see. Well now I feel this tech could be used for in-home applications, specifically alarm clocks.

The reason for this is to drastically reduce the bright light that most digital alarm clocks emit, which can be annoying for many people trying to sleep. With a HUD display, the light is projected upwards onto glass, resulting in a clear but not too overpowering display.

This configuration is similar to a car’s HUD, the tinted glass is tilted like a windshield. I added a large canopy above the display to trap the light. This canopy also serves as a huge ‘snooze’ button as well, because we could all use one of those.

The glass would be tinted in a dark color so the time can be seen during the day as well, I just went with a light blue for presentation purposes here. The back might also need to be enclosed too.

Star Trek Alarm Clock

Star Trek Alarm Clock design by Dave Delisle

This alarm clock has an LCD display, so it could show a lot of helpful information like weather and music settings, perhaps even personal assistant searches from Alexa. But the main draw is the Red Alert alarm, which may provide some much-needed urgency when it comes to getting out of bed in the morning.

There’s an array of buttons on top, but I made the only button that matters – the Snooze button – front and center. This alarm also sits on a Lazy Susan, so it can swivel in place just like Picard’s personal computer in his ready room.

BTTF Time Circuits Alarm Clock

BTTF Time Circuits Alarm Clock design by Dave Delisle

This again? Yes I posted a design 8 years ago, and it got some traction with fans. I’m now sharing this version of the concept because there have been a few close calls in making it an actual product, but one of the biggest hurdles was the cost to manufacture this.

Inception Travel Alarm Clock

Inception Travel Alarm Clock design by Dave Delisle

When they opened up the suitcase that contained the “Dream Sharing Device” in Inception, the upper section reminded me of a clock face, so I threw this alarm clock design together.

It has a compact clamshell case based on the suitcase, typical of many travel alarm clocks. It could beep or buzz people awake, perhaps even play the kick song as well.

Home Phone Clone Drone

Clone Smartphone design by Dave Delisle

It’s a phone you use at home that clones your smartphone like a remote drone. This is an overly elaborate solution for when you need to charge your phone at home, but don’t want to be tethered to the power outlet when you still want to use the phone. Do read on, I’ll explain.