Tag Archives: Time

The Alarm Clock is Dead, Long Live the Cellphone

By | May 20, 2008

Gadgets, like software and services, often end up being used in ways the creator didn’t intend. But how many companies make the most of this opportunity? Take the cellphone. More than a third of Brits use their mobile phone as an alarm clock, according to a survey by British hotel chain Travelodge (thanks textually.org): Budget hotel chain Travelodge… Read More »

Clock Shock

By | April 10, 2007

For those of you who can’t get out of bed in the morning, the alarm clock that outwits you is finally here. I mentioned Clocky in a WSJ column more than a year ago in talking about the problems of ignored alarms: Efforts to overcome this problem have been inventive, but rarely successful, says Gauri Nanda, a 26-year-old… Read More »

Gadgets That Are Stupid, #2

By | November 5, 2004

In the second of my series on gizmos “that seem to do things right but suffer a design flaw that renders them hazardous to one’s health, or peace of mind, or that of one’s partner” I present the bedside console of The Wharney Hotel in Hong Kong. These kind of things are popular in hotels and this room… Read More »

Valentine’s Day – A Humbug Approach

By | February 11, 2004

It’s that time of year, and the marketing folk are back with lame Valentine’s promotions. My first is from Audible.com, where I must have registered at some point, because I got an email with the subject field ‘Someone has sent you a Valentine!’ along with the following message: ‘Get a special Valentine’s day wish (and a little gift)… Read More »