A perfectly serviceable alarm clock and timer comes with your Android phone, so you might not think to download another one. That may be true, but if you’re looking for more features, more customization options, and more powerful alarms than your stock clock comes with, Gentle Alarm is here—and we think it’s the best.
Not long ago, I asked you for your picks of the worst sounds that technology has cursed us with. You answered with the shrill, shreiking screams of text across the internet. And here are a few of the standouts from our collective list of the most unappealing blips and bloops.
Once you officially make the switch from child to parent, the holidays suddenly become a remarkably stressful time of year. There's decorating, shopping, baking, socializing, and of course keeping a watchful eye on presents so your kids don't figure out what's under that wrapping paper—a task made considerably easier…
A self-defense course will teach you how to use your keys as a weapon, but in practice, when you're under attack and panicking, protecting yourself with a keyring isn't as easy as it sounds. So the Hit, from Unikia, combines a loud audible panic alarm with a pop-up holder that turns a key into a switchblade that's…
It's early morning. Your phone is screaming at you. Unless you open your eyes and seek out place to touch, it'll never stop. But the Tangible Alarm could bring back the eyes-closes snooze-button flailing of days gone by.
The bedside alarm clock is just one of many devices made obsolete by smartphones. But with their puny speakers it's not impossible to sleep through a phone's alarm. Unless you've got this questionable iBell Mini accessory that merges tried and tested old-fashioned alarm clock technology with new.
Sometimes you need a swift kick in the ass to get yourself out of bed. You can have that in the form of Sleep If U Can, an Android alarm app.
This isn't the first R2-D2-themed alarm clock to grace these pages, but serious collectors (and serious sleepers) might want to take note of this iteration. Made from the highly detailed and accurate moulds used to churn out R2-D2 plastic models, this astromech alarm clock plays a symphony of Star Wars themes and…
A home alarm system will automatically call the police in the event of a break-in, but by the time officers arrive, the intruders may have already taken your valuables. So this laser security system serves as an additional visual deterrent that your home is as protected as the most secure government facility.
What would you do if you were in some random parking lot—Lowe's, let's say—and all of a sudden dozens of car alarms started going off at once? Would you shrug it off like the dead-to-everything city dweller you are? Maybe duck and run and wet yourself because Galactus is obviously coming to devour our planet? Improv…
There's no smoking in front of Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Scotland—the sign says so—though nobody really paid attention to it. That's why the hospital installed a loudspeaker-backed smoke alarm commanding cigarette scofflaws—in no uncertain terms—to cut that shit out.
The Detroit Police Department has had enough. After pouring so much money and manpower into responding to false alarms, they're finally giving up. Before they come to your door to save you, you had better be able to verify a crime is in progress.
My iPhone's alarm—the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song—wakes up my girlfriend every morning (sorry honey!). Lark is a wristband alarm clock that won't. It shakes your wrist so you're the only one torn from sweet slumber.
Just admit it. You suck at cooking. Therefore, that annoying little fire alarm over your head has probably saved your life a few times. So an alarm that sends out texts to emergency contacts sounds amazing right?
Harking back to the classic Dieter Rams design, Frog's wooden alarm clock would go perfectly with one of the flip clock apps for the iPhone. And oh, how the iPad looks in that mini-CRT...
When I wake up, the most taxing thing I want to be doing for the next 15 minutes is reading Twitter on my phone. Or urging the husband to make me a cup of tea. Not solving puzzles. Never puzzles.
Hate the buzzer alarm clock, as I do? Radio station alarm mode not up to the task? Maybe vibration will get you out of bed. Since vibrating beds are expensive and a bit tacky, check out this Analarm wristwatch instead.
Uh, if your iPhone alarm failed to wake you up this morning it wasn't because you got too wild last night. No, it's actually your iPhone's fault. Apparently, one time alarms just aren't working for the iPhone in this new year. Seriously. I repeat: Alarms set for one time use WILL NOT go off as planned. The current…