February 21, 1990 |
Hearing-impaired people--an estimated 22 million in the United States--may want to consider Shake Awake, a new vibrating alarm clock that is placed under the pillow and pulsates to wake you. The compact clock--3 inches wide, 2 1/2 inches high and 1 1/4 in depth--has a half-inch digital time display, standard alarm and time set buttons and a snooze feature. It also has a light button to illuminate the digital display. Shake Awake, which is manufactured by F.O.B. Products Inc.
December 3, 1998 |
Everybody knows an alarm clock is supposed to wake you up--here is one that will also put you to sleep. Westclox describes its new Dreamscape as both alarm clock and sleep machine that "transports consumers to another place with soothing, natural sounds." To do that, it offers three themes: * "Country" features the sound of crickets chirping to fall asleep and a rooster's crow to awaken. * "Seaside" relaxes with the sound of rolling ocean waves and wakes with a distant, sonorous foghorn.
August 3, 1992 |
The actors who have banded together under the name Alarm Clock hope to prepare readings of all 202 short stories by Anton Chekhov. They have chosen their quizzical appellation as a tribute to the journal of the same name that was among the first to publish Chekhov's work. They kick off this ambitious project at 10 tonight on KCRW-FM's (89.9) "Evening Playhouse" with three tales: "The Inadvertence," "Enemies" and "The Chorus Girl."
August 10, 1997
Here's a wake-up call for the security conscious: You can now tote an alarm clock and a motion detector in one tiny package, 7 inches by 2 1/4 inches by 1 inch. Westclox's new SleepSafe Motion Detector with Alarm Clock separates into two plastic units. One is a digital alarm clock with a snooze button that you can keep bedside. The other is the detector, which uses infrared rays to sense motion at a door or window up to 15 or so feet away, then issues a piercing alarm if anyone tries to enter.
March 10, 2012 |
Daylight saving time starts this weekend, as it does at roughly this time every year. It's when we "spring forward" one hour with the clocks so we can enjoy more sunshine at the end of the day. Sounds like a perfectly good thing, right? As benign as it might seem, daylight saving time has a dark side. Although many people quickly acclimate to the change, others suffer sleep setbacks, anxiety, missed appointments, even car accidents as a result. In extreme cases, they can spend days feeling as if something is "off," experts say. The jet-lag feeling will pass in time, said Helena Schotland, a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan and a researcher at the school's sleep disorders laboratory.
December 2, 2013 |
In high school, my bedroom wall served mainly as a canvas for displaying '90s teen heartthrobs. And somewhere between Devon Sawa and Ryan Phillippe, Paul Walker had his place. He was certainly more than deserving of a spot with those periwinkle eyes, that chiseled jaw and just the vaguest suggestion of facial hair. He was the epitome of a California surfer bro -- a specimen not easily found in the Massachusetts suburb where I grew up. But I still had his poster -- a 1999 Teen magazine cover, to be precise, boasting “He's All That (AND MORE!