Invention #2: the multi-alarm alarm clock

Abstract: an electric alarm clock with several alarm pre-sets instead of just the one.

I have different sleep-wake patterns. When I have to go to my part-time job or to a customer, I need to wake up before 8. When I can stay at home to work, I usually wake up an hour later. During the weekends, I generally do not need to wake up, but often I don’t want to sleep in too late.

My travel alarm clock is one of the old fashioned kind: with dials. It is easy to operate, because you just turn the knob until the red hand points at the time you want to wake up.

But my electric alarm clock is different; first you have to press the hour button, and watch the hours crawl by. This can get so tedious, that sometimes I even forget to release the button and have to go another 24 hrs. Then you go through the same routine with the minutes button.

With a mixed, but repeating wake-sleep pattern, it would be handy if this alarm clock had three or four buttons that I could assign each its own wake-up time. That way, I need to set these times only once.

Scratch that: I am fixing bad interface design with more interface. It would be better if the time setting interface of my electric alarm clock would be as good and simple as that of my travel alarm clock. Or better yet, it would be better if I could try out the interface before I buy, so that I won’t keep buying the same crap just because it looks nice. Which is not going to happen. Where is the real friction in the whole waking-me-up-on-time pattern?

6 responses to “Invention #2: the multi-alarm alarm clock”

  1. Reinder says:

    I have Prior Art in my living room anyway. Not exactly 3 or 4 alarm settings, but 2. Cost only 30 Euro and plays CDs.

  2. Branko Collin says:

    Great to hear that this already exists. However, when I Google for “prior art alarm clock”, I get a link to the alarm clock that hides. Something I need too, but not quite the same. Or is it? What’s the name of yours?

  3. Reinder says:

    “Prior Art” meaning it existed before and you can’t patent your idea. Or you can, but it will be challenged.

    The alarm clock is from some common, cheap brand. Can’t remember right now but will check when I get home unless I forget, which is very likely because I have a mind like one of those straining things.

  4. Branko Collin says:

    Well, Prior Art is usually not capitalized, and when it is, I expect it to be a black metal band, to be honest. :-)

  5. Mike says:

    Neverlate Executvtive Alarm Clock might be what you are looking for.

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