Daniel Goh's Blog
Daniel Goh male Junior Writer
A video game junkie always looking for more convenient ways to do things tech wise. Some say its lazy, I say its innovative. Currently being sucked into the world of social media addiction and will never leave the house without his trusty iPod and headphones.
Most of us with regular 9-to-5 jobs will know that waking up in the mornings after a long night of Skyrim, movies or simply surfing the web is the hardest thing to do. And in this day and age, I am quite confident that most of you out there have already moved from analog alarm clocks to using your phones as a substitute.
With the advent of the smartphone age, many apps have begun to crop up, giving users a wider variety of alarm options rather than the standard ones on your feature phones. Nightstand Central for iOS is one such example. This free app (with ads, of course) gives you everything you need in an alarm clock: a main view of the time and weather, a sleep timer, letting you fall asleep to your favorite music and the ability to schedule multiple alarms with different sounds or music. Personally, I found the standard alarm clock on Android devices to be more than adequate, giving you the ability to control how many times you snooze, and also the length of each snooze.
For those who sleep like a log and the minute speakers of the smartphone just won’t do, there are also tons of docking stations, which will let you amplify the sound emitting from your mobile devices, giving you better clarity as well. More often than not, these docks will also offer you the choice of waking up to the radio for those who have a favorite station they can’t live without. If you are looking for one, I am sure you can find something to suit your fancy here.
However, if you are one of those who are constantly late for work/school/college because of that pesky snooze button, then let me introduce you to the mother of all alarm clocks – the RAMOS Alarm Clock. The concept is pretty simple. The device consists of two parts: the actual clock unit and a remote defuse panel that can be installed at a different location. When the alarm rings, you’ll have to get out of bed, walk to the diffuse panel and key in a code in order to turn it off. This is brilliant because firstly, getting you to walk out of bed leads you away from the temptation of falling back to sleep, and having to key in a code forces your brains to start working. If you are thinking, “Well, I can just pull out the plug, and I’m back to square one, right?” Wrong, because this baby even has a battery built in to let it ring for hours when unplugged.
Oh, and did I mention, for the vintage lovers, the tested new-old-stock Soviet Union nixie tubes give you warm glowing digits reminiscent of times gone by? If you manage to sleep through this clock, I’d suggest therapy…
Any of you HardwareZone Malaysia readers out there got a better way of waking up in the mornings? Leave a comment down below, I’d love the suggestions!