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.
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.
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.
Continue reading ➞ BTTF Time Circuits Alarm Clock
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.
Continue reading ➞ Inception Travel Alarm Clock
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.
Continue reading ➞ Home Phone Clone Drone
How about THE CITY NEEDS YOU as motivation for waking up? I present a Batman themed alarm clock, which features the iconic red phone on top of a Batcave-inspired display straight from the sixties.
Continue reading ➞ Batman Alarm Clock
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.
The clock could cycle through the POW text until tapped (or hit) to display the current time, or it could just be a full-time clock with POW appearing on demand or on the hour or when an alarm sounds.
As you know I like to advocate violence towards alarm clocks, and the POW block is meant to take abuse! The POW text would appear when the alarm sounds, and it won’t go away until you hit snooze or shut off the alarm.
Another way to go would be to suspend the clock (just like this neat Mario Question Block lamp) and you’d hit it underneath to silence the alarm.