Motion-Activated Alarm Keeps Wrapped Gifts A Secret

Once you officially make the switch from child to parent, the holidays suddenly become a remarkably stressful time of year. There’s decorating, shopping, baking, socialising, and of course keeping a watchful eye on presents so your kids don’t figure out what’s under that wrapping paper — a task made considerably easier now that someone’s re-branded a simple siren-equipped motion sensor as a gift alarm.

Britain's Colourful Burglar Alarms Are Oddly Mesmerising

When you think of iconic graphic design, you might think of magazine ads or highway signs. You almost certainly don’t think of burglar alarms. But maybe you should.

This Personal Alarm Weaponises Your House Key

A course will teach you how to use your keys as a weapon, but when you’re under attack and panicking, protecting yourself with a keyring isn’t as easy as it sounds. So the Hit, from Unikia, combines a loud audible panic alarm with a pop-up holder that turns a key into a switchblade that’s easier to wield as a weapon.

Warmly: Wake Up To The Sound Of Bacon With This Friendly Alarm App

Waking up to an alarm clock is a much-loathed and just generally unpleasant experience. But Warmly for Android wants to help you start the day off right — and hungry.

The California-Made Earthquake Alarm That Works But California Won't Build

For all of the devastation caused by the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan, the former, a 9.0 magnitude beast called “Tohoku,” could have claimed far more lives. The reason it didn’t? Since 2007, Japan has had an early warning system — conceived 10 years ago at Caltech — which California still hasn’t managed to set up. And while it only gives about a minute notice, it’s a minute Californians currently don’t have.

Tangible Alarm Smartphone Dock: Shove To Snooze

It’s early morning. Your phone is screaming at you. Unless you open you eyes and seek out some the right little virtual button, it will never stop. But the Tangible Alarm could bring back the eyes-closes snooze-button flailing of days gone by.

Rise: An Alarm You Can Actually Enjoy Waking Up To

The iPhone’s stock alarm app is kind of terrible. You have to navigate through multiple screens, flip switches and spin what feels like an infinite roll of numbers. And that’s just to turn it on. Minimalist, simplified apps have started popping up everywhere, so while Rise is no surprise, it’s still a relief to ditch Apple’s built-in alarm for a version that’s stripped-down, intuitive and lovely to look at.

Vibrating Baby Monitor Tries To Wake Kids If They Stop Moving

Instead of just listening for signs that something might be wrong with a sleeping infant, the Snuza monitor does a quick check before sounding the alarm. So not only does it provide extra piece of mind, it also cuts down on false positives that could have you dashing to the nursery in a panic.

Apple Deleted 2am And 2pm From The Space Time Continuum [Updated]

We’ve taken a lot of shots at iOS 6. The new App Store is bad for discovery, Passbook is, so far, virtually useless and the Maps are just awful. Here’s something, though, that really takes the cake for incredibad in iOS 6: Apple forgot to include 2am and 2pm on its Alarms.

Old-Fashioned Bell Guarantees You'll Never Sleep Through Your Alarm

The bedside alarm clock is just one of many devices made obsolete by smartphones. But with their puny speakers it’s not impossible to sleep through a phone’s alarm. Unless you’ve got this questionable iBell Mini accessory that merges tried and tested old-fashioned alarm clock technology with new.