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Doug writes –

I’ve been playing around with the Voice Recorder IC’s that were used on the Staples Easy Button Mod. The uses seem endless, however one thing comes to mind.

From my childhood one of the toys that I remember really wasn’t a toy – but a clock. Yes, there was a talking “Masters of the Universe” alarm clock that had this really obnoxious dialogue, which went something like:

“He Man, Its Teela
we’ve been called again
we must not let Skeletor keep us from our friends.”

“Then call with me Teela:
Its time to wake up
smile and be happy
brush your teeth and make it snappy
we never fail with our wake up verse because we’re the Masters of the Universe.”

Taking this track and retrofitting an ordinary digital alarm clock would be great! As an added challenge, the retrofit must be done in such a way that only the beeping sound is replaced (you can’t always wake up to Teela).

After a search on E-Bay, I was able to buy a clock that was broken (no audio and alarm switch stuck on) for $15. | Easy Button – Link.


  • Make an “Easy Button” musical interface – Link.
  • Easy Button Hack – Link.
  • Easy Button with recordable audio – Link.
  • Circuit bending is easy – Link.
  • Shocking alarm clock – Link.
  • Maker of the day – Matty Sallin, Bacon-cooking alarm clock – Link.
  • Clocky – The alarm clock the runs away from you… – Link.
  • Tons of alarm clock projects and more – Link.

From the page of MAKE:
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Project: Gun-Operated Alarm Clock by Roger Ibars. Hack a retro gaming light gun with tilt switches to control a vintage digital clock radio. When the alarm wakes you up, grab the gun and kill it off! MAKE 08 – Page 100. Subscribers–read this article now in your digital edition or get MAKE 08 @ the Maker store.

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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