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Cool and Unusual Alarm Clocks

Updated on May 7, 2011

I'm one of the fortunate people that doesn't really need an alarm to wake up. No matter what time I go to bed, I can almost always wake up when I'm supposed to. I do still set the alarm just in case and there have been the odd exceptions that would certainly have caused chaos without a trusty alarm.

My daughter and my husband sleep through anything. Alarms do not work for them at all. I am their alarm. Without me, neither of them would arrive anywhere on time. People like them are annoyance to people like me. Of course, I guess that means I'm as equally annoying to them.

I stumbled upon a really neat alarm clock a few months ago which led me to a number of discoveries that I thought you'd be interested in as well. 

These unusual alarm clocks will make great Christmas gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people on your Christmas list.

Clocky Alarm Clock by Nanda Home Inc.

This is the alarm clock I discovered first. It is called Clocky. You have the option of allowing one snooze or no snoozes. If you choose no snooze, when your alarm goes off Clocky will jump, yes jump, off your nightstand up to 3 feet high and run around your bedroom. Hopefully you don't keep a glass of water or a prize lamp next to your bed! I'm not real sure how Clocky keeps from landing on the bed once he jumps either. If you choose the one snooze option he will jump off the nightstand after the alarm goes off the second time. How do you silence Clocky? You have to chase him down all while he's beeping like the robotic R2D2 from Star Wars.

Cool features:

  • You can turn customize the snooze time up to 9 minutes
  • You can turn off Clocky's wheels on mornings you don't want to have to chase him around the room
  • Clocky has a backlight to assist you in seeing him at night
  • Cool colors-Raspberry, Aqua, Chrome, Cream White and Coco

Laser Target Alarm Clock

The Laser Target Alarm Clock will not stop until you successfully hit the center of the target. This cute target has a laser beam aimed at the center. I don't know about you, but this would could take me a while to hit. It didn't seem like this alarm was very loud from watching the demonstration of this one on YouTube.

Flying Alarm Clock

When the alarm goes off on the Flying Alarm Clock the helicopter flies into the air. The helicopter carries the key away that you need to silence the alarm. You're forced to get out of bed to find it.

Puzzle Alarm Clock found at Ubergizmo
Puzzle Alarm Clock found at Ubergizmo
Finger Dance Alarm Clock found on Ubergizmo
Finger Dance Alarm Clock found on Ubergizmo
Dynamite Clock by Ubergizmo
Dynamite Clock by Ubergizmo

Wacky Alarm Clocks found at Ubergizmo

The following clocks were found on Ubergizmo.

  • The Puzzle Alarm Clock-This clock has four puzzle pieces that sit on top of the clock. These pieces are automatically ejected when the alarm goes off. You are not able to quiet the incessant wailing until you find all four pieces and place them back where they belong.
  • The Finger Dance Alarm Clock-The Finger Dance Alarm Clock seems to be fashioned after the ever-popular Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) game. It features a small dance floor designed for your fingers to tap out the light sequence in order to shut off the alarm. The alarm will continue to sound until you have correctly mimicked the sequence.
  • Dynamite Alarm Clock-This colorful clock requires quick reflexes to 'defuse' it. Otherwise it begins to let out a really explosive wail sure to wake up even the neighbors.

Sleeptracker Alarm Clock

This one is one of my favorites. The SleepTracker is worn like a watch with several style to chose from.

Sleeptracker monitors your sleep cycles for optimal waking moments during the preset alarm window. It determines those almost awake moments and gently wakes you up when you're most alert. This allows you to wake up refreshed instead of groggy.


Dr. Phil Talking About the Sleeptracker

Demonstrations

I found all of the above mentioned clocks, except the FInger Dance Clock, on YouTube if you'd like to see how any of them work. I didn't include the videos here since many of them were home movies where people fail to realize how long a minute is when videotaping. Most of them had about a minute's worth of awkward silence while waiting on the alarm to go off. But, I encourage you to watch the videos of the models you like. There are several cute videos with dogs reacting to Clocky.

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      KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

      PaperNotes, that's exactly who most of them are intended for. I'm not one who needs one, but I sure live with a husband and daughter who do!

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      PaperNotes 6 years ago

      Awesome alarm clocks! I suppose they were invented especially for people who are hard to wake on mornings.

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      KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas

      I know what you mean, Kerry. I'm the morning person here too.

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      Kerry43 6 years ago

      I'm the morning person, but hubby needs one of those clocks with a jack-hammer

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you, Bob Ratcliff.

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      Bob Ratcliff 7 years ago from Florida

      Great lens and I love the various designs of the clocks, so cool.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Moshi! You're right, there are some more that you're not in the mood for games. :)

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      Moshi Lifestyle 7 years ago

      The finger dance alarm clock is pretty awesome, although it couple be highly annoying on those mornings where you are extra grumpy and just want to slap a button to go back to snoozing. Overall, some very fun designs though!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I know, right?! They are pretty cool, aren't they, Tesa? I can't decide which one I like better really.

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      Tesa Adams 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Where were these when my daughter was in high school. She would set 2 alarm clocks to wake her up and I still had to go up and make sure she was out of bed. These are great!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you, hassam! You should purchase a few for friends and family! LOL

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      hassam 8 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice alarm clocks and a good product review.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I'm not sure I could do the finger dance one very well. Fun clock though! Glad you enjoyed them Lexus Kay.

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      Lexus Kay 8 years ago

      Great hub KCC! I want one! LOL I think the finger dance one would be fun to wake up with. Thanks for the info!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Hey LG, thanks for adding your link. I remember that article!

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      I wrote about the flying alarm clock at no. 7 here:

      https://hubpages.com/living/Top-ten-must-have-kits...

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Absolutely, Beth! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      I like these alarms! hmmm, good gifts for teenaged kids. lol

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks LG! I'm still debating which one to get my daughter. I'm tired of being the one to get her up. Rumbling the mattress might help.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Great hub!

      I bought my brother an alarm clock for his birthday which makes the most awful noise and rumbles the matress, too. It takes a bomb to get him out of bed!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you so much Elena! I think Clocky was my favorite. The puzzle one would drive me crazy I think. Always a pleasure to see your comments on my hubs!

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      Hello, KCC!  Boy, are these hysterical! Clocky reminds me of a clock I gave a friend of mine that went boing boing boing jumping on the table when it turned on, and it was padded so if it fell to the floor it still kept jumping and ringing. Mama mia, what a horrible little gadget, but it made my sides hurt from laughing!

      Now, I have a feeling I know exactly how the laser clock may end up turned off in most instances: by being thrown agaist the nearest wall!

      I had great fun with this hub, KCC -- visited right after reading your interview ;-)  Cool-i-o!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      LOL.......thank you AIDY! Sparkles, ciggy beer.....swig all for me? I feel special!

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      Am I dead, yet? 8 years ago

      Yes and CONGRATS on being featured in the HUBWEEKLY! w00t!

      -sparkles all around, taking a swig from a beer can left from last Fridays LAN party, ewww...a cigarette was put out in it :p but to celebrate you, I sipped it again anyways!-

      Keep keepin on!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Glad you enjoyed it AIDY! The dynamite one is definitely colorful and would be quite the conversational piece.

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      Am I dead, yet? 8 years ago

      My problem is not having or wanting an awesome alarm clock, the problem I would never get to use one...I am the worse insomniac, I think. I do love this hub though, and I am awesomely interested in the 'dynamite' alarm clock. I like that one!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Dennise! That's so scary to think they all can sleep through a smoke alarm! I know my husband could, but I'm not so sure my daughter could on that one.

      RedElf: An alarm clock out of your cereal! Awesome! But, I'm not so sure I'd be crazy about him being an obnoxious crowing rooster though!

      Maggs: Must be nice to be retired! Thank you for the wonderful compliment! I feel the same about you!

      Thanks to all of you for stopping by!

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      maggs224 8 years ago from Sunny Spain

      Oh the joys of being retired and free from the tyranny of alarm clocks. I just knew there were some benefits to retirement Lol. I would hate having to chase my clock around in order to shut it up, I don't think it would be the way I would want to start my day but I enjoyed reading about these most unusual alarms. When ever I see you have written a new hub I know that I am in for a treat, and as usual I was not disappointed.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      What fun. We have an old gem that came in a cornflakes box. It still runs and keeps perfect time. The alarm though, resembling a crowing rooster (of course) is really obnoxious, lol.

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      dennisematt 8 years ago

      AAAAAA!!!! This was awesome, but...like so many other MOMS out there, I need no alarm clock. well...usally...I never go anywhere over night because I have witnessed my husband and all 3 kids sleep thru the smoke alarm. FRIGHTENING!! I am 100% sure, there is nothing that would wake them up, other then me(or some other poor sap) shaking them violently to get up. Reallly, I had no idea such advances had been made in the clock world. Who knows? maybe I will get a vacation one day?

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      When researching the different ones for this hub, I found others like ticking timebombs and hand grenades even, Bristolboy. I just didn't include them. You can find them at some of the links I included. Thanks for stopping by!

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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      Very interesting article. I know someone with the helicopter alarm clock - it is quite amusing. Also the dynamite alarm clcok reminds me of one the Colonel had in the UK cartoon Dennis the Menace. However that relied on real dynamite!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Bala, I bet we could find something like that! LOL

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      Bala Subrahmanyam Vishnubhotla 8 years ago from Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

      Help! I need a clock to tip a pail of water on my son to wake him up in time! Any thing out there?

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      Dink96 8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Glad that, like you, I don't need to use alarm clocks anymore, although the Sleeptracker looks interesting. I won't tell you what my husband would do with any number of these clocks! :-) Great info here. Thanks.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Triplet Mom! I think I would get aggravated with a clock that talked to me, too!

      I think the internal alarm in us is refined when we become mothers. I'm hoping my daughter will 'grow' into that once she's an adult with kids of her own. I don't think there's any hope for my husband. LOL

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      KCC - Great hub!! We are very similar I have my own internal alarm. I used to set an alarm clock just in case but don't do that anymore. I had a radio and always set it to the alarm not the music function. I am also the proud owner of a golf clock that yells, "Wake up wake up your gonna miss your tee time." I couldn't take it after the third morning.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      You know, Candie, for years I had an alarm with a radio and I never once set it to go off with music. I guess it's always been my morning ritual to not listen to anything until I'm in the car on my commute. For years I had a 2-2 1/2 hr commute. Nowadays it's only 30 minutes. Thanks for stopping by! Clocky is cute, isn't he?

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I have heard about the one you throw, Emohealer! I try not to encourage my bunch into throwing things though! LOL Thanks for stopping by!

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      These clocks are amazing.. I have to wake up to music.. buzzers set me off all wrong. Maybe one of the clockies with a long cord tied to my son's toe?

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Nice!!! I also have the additions to the list of the one that runs away from you, says rude things to get you out of bed and of course shaped like a baseball...no harm done when you throw it (except possibly to the wall). Great new selections to add to any collection.

      I collect for novelty, since like you my inner alarm sounds and I wake at whatever time I preset in my head.