g5 alarm clock

g5 alarm clock

a couple of days ago, an engadget reader posed an important question:

Does a non-fugly cd-alarm clock exist? It is the Holy Grail of gadgets. How Sony can make a gorgeous T1 or T3 digital camera and still make clocks that look like ass confounds me.

now there is hope for fugly alarm clock haters.  anders lundberg has solved your problem and built an alarm clock into a mac g5 case.

the howto is written in swedish, but it’s also well documented in the universal language of jpeg.  it looks like he was able to create a custom led array that fits the hole pattern of the case, while using the guts from an every day alarm clock to drive it all.  thanks for the link, gary!

update: a reader over at tuaw has translated the howto to english

Comments

  1. Hal Hockersmith says:

    Oh Man this is simple but it leads to some seriously good ideas for hack combinations.

    Perhaps use this to display the temp inside (would require special link).

    The best? A small basic pic programed system to wake you after not responding to the alarm.

    Wire the pic input into the speeker. Detect the pulse from the clock. Set a timeout. Create boot. Have crontab job ready for setting voulume high and itunes ready. It trips on the system and blows you out of bed.

    If you want a nicer system add a wire to turn on the coffee pot and the warmer or just add in the http://masterbootrecord.de/english/coffee_howto.php
    system (hey unix base, usb, combine = tomorrows hack. cant be that hard ;).

    ((My computer cop/limiter would set it for midnight to remind me to go to bed))

  2. Mac-Man says:

    You can use online web translator – > http://www.systransoft.com/index.html

    Vuolia, from swedish to english :)

  3. One of the reader’s to my post about this over at TUAW, translated the text into English:
    http://apple.weblogsinc.com/entry/1234000870034515/#comments

  4. Subten says:

    so once it’s inside your case, i guess the alarm part is useless and it’s just another clock? or is there a way to set it and turn it off w/o opening your case everytime? neat idea changing the lcd to leds at any rate.

  5. Groxx says:

    omg… that’s an AWESOME idea! The fact that it’s in a G5 case just makes it kick ass even more :D

  6. Casey says:

    I’m waiting for the G5 “lite-brite”

  7. Hal Hockersmith says:

    Hey Forget the simple life of the alarmclock. Go with a Binary Clock from Thinkgeek. Now your are really gonna confuse people.

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/cubegoodies/lights/59e0/

  8. darkmind says:

    Mr. Lundberg has translated the howto to english.

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