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thtimexclock.jpgNew DIY trend, alarm clock mods. Hacking an alarm clock so that it will enter snooze mode when it experiences a shock. In this project, we will bypass the mechanical snooze switch on top, and instead turn the alarm clock off in a much more fun way: punching it! Hopefully along the way I will be able to teach you some techniques that are useful in reverse engineering, so you can apply them to future projects. Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. matt@angelo.org says:

    Lamp O’Lock
    I love Alarm Clock hacks. They are fairly easy to do, yet very useful. I was tired of my ugly alarm clock sitting next to my beautiful lamp. I hollowed out the base of the lamp. I cut a hole in the side of the lamp for the display to show through. I ripped the guts of the alarm clock out and stuffed them into the base of the lamp. I rewired the buttons and switches to the back of the lamp.

    Now you can not tell there is an alarm clock when you walk into the room. You can only see the display while laying in bed and turning your head. I call it the Lamp O’Lock.

    Here are some photos on flicker of the
    Lamp O’Lock

  2. DonovanRoss says:

    I opened up my $10 alarm clock and cut one of the buzzer’s speaker wires, then attached 3 buttons in parallel and mounted them to the bottom of my bed so that when i laid down it pushed the buttons and connected the speaker. Then hid the alarm clock under my bed. That way to turn it off in the morning, all i have to do is get out of bed

  3. BrK says:

    I like the Lamp O’Lock, pretty cool.

    Long time ago I took the snooze button out of my alarm clock and wired it to a bit of a pressure-sensor mat. I cut one of the sensors out of the mat, which was roughly a strip 3/4″ x 36″, a 3 foot long pressure switch. This was mounted up behind the headboard so that I could hit the snooze button with minimal movement ;)

    I didn’t read through the entire article, but it seems that with the accelerometer and a small micro (Basic Stamp, etc) you can adjust the setup so that it interrupts the signal to the speaker, rather than “tap” the snooze button for you. Then, you base the period of silence on how hard you hit the clock, as measured by the accelerometer.

  4. hannah montana says:

    why wont you tell how to make one !

  5. hannah montana says:

    why wont u tell us how to make one !

  6. hannah montana says:

    why wont u tell us how to make one !

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