Serious over sleepers and snooze-bar-slappers will either love or hate this alarm clock. It requires you to punch in a code on a keypad to shut it off, but that keypad? We'll, it's somewhere else entirely.
I have never been a morning person. Just ask my nutritionist — I quit breakfast for over 10 years just so I could sleep 10 minutes more in the morning. But as I continue my goal to be a healthier person, I need that valuable time in the morning before work for breakfast, maybe a run, etc. With that in mind, I did what I always do when I want to improve my life: I turned to technology. I found I couldn't blame my bed anymore (especially now that I have a nice, cold pillow). So join me as I blame something else — and attempt to ditch — my conventional, obnoxious alarm clock and its daily blaring.
Of all the diabolically creative alarm clocks in existence, this new app called TalkO'Clock is close to the top of the heap. The idea is that through an anonymous P2P service, you can request wake-up calls from totally random strangers. Yeah, this will end well.
DVICE guest blogger Alan Danzis is helping us plug a hole here, writing about fitness tech as someone who uses it and loves it. There's a lot of not-so-expensive, smart gadgets and apps out there that not only help you keep track of how well you're living healthy, but talk to one another for even more functionality. Last year, I started to finally get serious about living a healthier life because of my genetically high blood pressure. Seriously, high blood pressure at 29 and now at 30? I'm a gadget person at heart, and I found that if I invested in gadgets to control and monitor my health, it would help keep me on track. If I spent X amount of money on this pedometer, for instance, odds were, I would keep using it. Below are what I think are the eight best apps and gadgets to help you lead a healthier life. I own and/or use most of them regularly; the rest are ones I'm either currently researching or am very, very close to purchasing (at least within their category).
Want to wake up creatively? For example, rather than a standard-issue alarm going off, would you rathe have a blender turn on or a super bright light shine in your eyes? This alarm clock can help make this happen.
After seeing our 15 sinister alarm clocks that hate your guts, you probably thought you'd seen the meanest clocks in town. Not so, it turns out — this little guy here may just take the cake.
Know someone who is impossible to wake up? You know, that someone who's got three alarm clocks scattered all over their room, or a coffee machine with a grinder so loud it sounds like the world is ending? (Yeah, they make those.) Well, tell that sleepy head to stop messing around. We're talking alarm clocks that run away from you, shock you when you try to sleep in and even steal your real, hard-earned money if you try to snooze. Click on the gallery below to see them all.
Do you have issues with sleeping through your alarm? Well, the Amplicom TLC 200 will not put up with that. Designed for the hearing impaired, this bad boy blares at 90 decibels, which is loud enough to wake up both you and everyone in a 100 yard radius.
We like our alarm clocks smart and versatile, and this Insignia Infocast Internet Media Display would qualify if it weren't so damned expensive. Besides running the thousands of net-connected Chumby apps that can do everything from Facebook to live weather, it looks like it might have a few tricks of its own.
To call the Chumby One an alarm clock is the understatement of the year. This pint-sized internet-connected gem with its bright, sharp and responsive touchscreen goes way beyond that. It connects to your Wi-Fi network, hooking you up to hundreds...