As adorable robots go, it seems almost impossible to ever get angry at The Force Awakens' BB-8. Which is why turning the little robot into an alarm clock is such a brilliant idea, because no matter how tired or grumpy are, you'll never be tempted to throw BB-8 across the room when he frantically tries to wake you up.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story doesn't hit theatres until December 15, which means you've still got a few weeks to kill before you can get your Star Wars fix. You could continue on with your daily routine, being a productive member of society. Or you could just squander away all that valuable time by sitting and staring at this over-the-top Star Wars cuckoo clock.
For those of us who can't bear the thought of spending just a few minutes away from our social networks, let alone an entire night, our bedside smartphones double as an adequate alarm clock. But for those who are able to disconnect at bedtime, Lexon's In-Out clock is a minimal but cleverly functional way to ensure your alarm is set before you drift off to sleep.
Video: Hanging over one of the lounges at Amsterdam's Schipol airport is an unusual clock that instead of moving hands, features the work of artist Maarten Haas. For 12 straight hours the artist filmed himself painting and repainting the clock's hour and minute hands, in real-time, minute by minute, so that it accurately displayed the time.
There's a reason for why museums have signs saying not to touch the objects on display. Some visitors to the National Watch & Clock Museum of Columbia, Pennsylvania learned that the hard way.
Video: A velvet-voiced Australian craftsman named Chris is the Bob Ross of clock-making. He shows you how to make a skeleton clock from scratch at home on his YouTube channel, Clickspring. In this instalment of a multi-part series, bask in the close-ups of brass melting away like golden velvet to make shiny washers and screws. They will eventually go into making a beautifully elaborate timepiece. The finished product will be as pretty as Big Ben, if these teeny, tiny, glittering components are any indication.
So how do you sell a standalone clock in a time when almost every electronic device already has one built in? You turn it into a magnificent piece of art like this Shadowplay clock that uses shadows from a pointed finger as its hour and minute hands.
Try wrapping your head around this one. An Etsy seller in France has somehow managed to design a remarkable 3D-printed sundial that shows the time as digital numbers that actually change as the day progresses and the sun moves across the sky.
The original Muppet Show has long since left the airwaves, but with this Muppets-themed cuckoo clock hanging on your wall you can relive the series with a sound and light show at the top of every hour.
Before dot-matrix displays took over the known world, Nixie tubes — glass lightbulbs containing light-up tubes for the digits 0-9 — were the best way of displaying changing numbers. One designer had the bright idea of taking the Nixie tube technology (and bulbs), and building a surprisingly beautiful analogue clock.
Ferrofluid is a wonderful metallic goo that magically reacts to the presence of a magnetic field. To date it's really only been used in mesmerising desk toys, but Zelf Koelma has found a way to manipulate the material into an animated clock that perfectly represents the flow of time.
Most people would feel they can count on one day comprising the same number of hours, minutes and seconds as the next. But this isn’t always the case – June 30 will be a second longer this year with the addition of a leap second, added to reconcile the differences between two definitions of time: one astronomical, the other provided by atomic clocks.
Briefly: Of all the exclusive Star Wars Celebration merchandise revealed over the past week, this Salacious Crumb hanging wall clock has to be one of the most unsettling. The character was seen hanging around Jabba the Hutt's palace in Return of the Jedi, and its time-telling doppleganger presumably has moving eyes and a swinging tail like most animated clocks — except this one is just a little creepier than most. OK, a lot creepier.
It turns out we've all been looking for the wrong features in the perfect alarm clock. Smartphone connectivity? An oversized snooze button? These stop being important once you realise someone has created an alarm clock that can not only be used to order a pizza, it can also count down its arrival at your door.
In the world of watchmaking, MB&F has always had a soft spot for creating the occasional mechanical marvel that can't be strapped to a wrist. Such as the company's latest creation, a robot named Melchior that can't vacuum floors, clean windows or open doors, but can keep track of the time while serving as an awesome piece of eye candy on your desk.
Maybe the reason you find it so hard to crawl out of bed in the morning is your uninspired alarm clock? Random annoying beeps certainly don't make the thought of facing the day any more appealing, but the sound of Pac-Man desperately trying to chow-down on a pair of terrified blue ghosts? Now that's something to get out of bed for.