Talk:Alarm clock

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Before Hutchins?[edit]

Hmm...My Ens. Americana mentions none of these (Hutchins, Redier, Thomas) in a long article about clocks; it does mention the "metal-encased alarm-clock, probably of German origin" and says that Americans have dominated the market since 1900. I've been curious about the piece "La reveille matin" from Francois Couperin's first harpsichord book (1713). It has a suggestive octave tremolo, and of course clocks with bells are pretty antient: the only challenge for an inventor is to make it fail to ring eleven out of twelve times. The Dover reprint of Chrysander's ed. suggests "chanticler" as a translation, which seems a bit far-fetched to me.

btw, does Wiki require a separate account for each language? French Wiki wont let me log on... Sparafucil 06:40, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Broken link[edit]

The link to the top ten most annoying alarm clocks was a 404, so I removed itJtconroy88 07:56, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

It says the first adjustable alarm clock was patented by Seth Thomas in 1876, but according to his article Seth Thomas (clockmaker) he died in 1859. That would mean if he invented it the year he died, it would take 17 years for the patent to go through. That sounds very unlikely. - Patent site: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=0183725.PN.&OS=PN/0183725&RS=PN/0183725 Kevin 15:47, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

I just put what the source I found said, I thought it was reliable. Is it incorrect? Errick 05:02, 11 December 2006 (UTC)
Hm, actually, now that I read through that patent, it makes even less sense. Either he put in a patent 17 years after he died, or that Clock History site referenced in the Seth Thomas article is wrong, or his sons entered the patent in his name, which I'm pretty sure you can't do. So something doesn't add up here, I'm just not sure what it is. I figure though, saying that the Clock Company patented it is a little safer since it's a bit unclear here. Errick 05:21, 11 December 2006 (UTC)

Photos[edit]

Anyone feel that this page suffers from a surfeit of photos? Personally, I think just the single windup clock photo would do. -- Blorg 22:11, 10 December 2006 (UTC)

Antoine Redier?[edit]

Can someone please find a source for this? I tried to find one myself, when that was added before, and I can't find any information on the guy. I'm not saying it's false but I'd like to see a source so I know it's accurate. Errick 22:59, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

Worldwide view[edit]

I reverted the addition of "In the United States..." and the removal of the globalize tag. This is not the point of the tag. At any rate, a source would be needed to state that it was the United States specifically where this occurred. --Varco 05:14, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Auto-setting clocks[edit]

Anybody have any information on how some clocks are able to automatically set themselves as soon as you plug them in? LOLHI IM AHANIX —Preceding comment was added at 06:16, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

Don't have a source for it, but it seems logical that they would use a station like WWV (Radio Station) which broadcasts time on Single Side Band in the HF Spectrum. WWV broadcasts on several frequencies, one of which is 15Mhz, within the spectrum of a standard AM/FM radio. The modulation is different i think, but that is hardly a problem.200.41.2.144 (talk) 00:33, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

History[edit]

According to Czech Wikipedia http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud%C3%ADk the first Alarm-Clock was contructed in 1380 in German Monastery (Nürberg). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.176.239.107 (talk) 16:21, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

Please explain[edit]

I moved this sentence here, since it doesn't explain the concept, and links to a non-existent article. If it will ever have an own article, a short description is essential. Mikael Häggström (talk) 12:40, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

The Snooze Alarm Clock is a next generation alarm clock as well.'

Analogue / Digital model[edit]

The third image shows a digital clock and not an analogue one. Whether mechanical dials or LED's are used it still indicates the time by the presence of symbols rather than the position of ever present hands. I shall change the image caption in question. Mtaylor848 (talk) 17:18, 22 July 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 162.140.67.10 (talk)

I Am Disappoint[edit]

I got here by searching "snooze button" and I see only one short sentence on the subject. I was hoping for a more in-depth analysis on the origin of such buttons, and the theorized effects that using them might have. One sentence simply isn't enough. I propose an article on Snooze Buttons be created. It is an important enough subject to merit its own article. 65.78.144.186 (talk) 22:15, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

He is right, this is a travesty and an insult to the fine standard of academic reputability of this most respected of encyclopedias. For such a repository of information not to have a separate entry on the illustrious history of the snooze button is akin to an Atlas not having a detailed map of the laneways of inner suburban Astana. Shame, Wikipedians, shame shame shame. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 60.242.88.203 (talk) 13:01, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

Alarm clock or Clock radio?[edit]

From reading the first few paragraphs, it seems as if this article is rather confused as to whether it is called “Alarm clock” or “Clock radio”. Since “Clock radio” redirects here to “Alarm clock”, and not the other way ’round, I would expect this article to refer to the item as “alarm clock”. 132.162.218.82 (talk) 07:08, 13 January 2010 (UTC)

An "alarm clock" and a "clock radio" are not the same thing. This article should distinguish between the terms and use them appropriately, so that people redirected will not be confused. AAT17 (talk) 21:55, 18 November 2010 (UTC)