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Second Prize winner in the Microchip 16-bit Embedded Control Design Contest went to DJ Delorie, with his highly connected alarm –

Unlike old-school mechanical alarm clocks that you have to set manually, this Internet-connected alarm clock provides three primary features: automatic time setting on power-up, streaming MP3 music, and remote management. The easy-to-use, PIC24FJ64-based clock is connected to an ENC28J60 Ethernet chip, an MP3 decoder chip for streaming music, an organic LED graphical display, and a 24LC512 EEPROM for storing alarm data, fonts, and images.

- all this in a handsome wooden case. Automating wake-up times based on calendar entries could be very useful. – [via] Link


Alarm clock/countdown timer kit – Link

In the Maker store:

LED clock kit – blue – Link

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!