Cruel Alarm Clock Innovations

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These alarm clocks innovations are cruel (yet intelligent). They make clocky look innocent in comparison.

  • This clock gives you an electric shock if you try to snooze, literally jolting you out of bed. 
  • This one donates 10 bucks to charity if you hit snooze (the total amount donated is shown to irritate you further). Talk about the cost of oversleeping.
  • This Gun clock does not have a snooze button at all. You have to use the laser gun to hit the bull’s-eye before the alarm goes off.
  • Workout clock – this dumbbell shaped clock won’t stop until you do 30 reps with the dumbbell

Guys, leave the good old alarm clock alone. No innovation is required here. What is required is a simple clock, which can be silenced by simply moving a finger (and then I can sleep shamelessly!!)

Alarm Clock

Dear Alarm Clock,
I love you the way you are. Don’t ever think of changing.
Regards,
Not a morning person

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My thoughts on Prezi

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When I first saw this tool, I was floored. In Prezi, I saw an immense potential to change the way presentations are made and delivered. It is much more visually appealing and gives a much wider platform to structure stories and conversations around the visuals. Around a year down the line and after going thru numerous samples (Explore section of the Prezi website), I am no longer that excited about it.

And why I am disillusioned is not because of the tool. There are, no doubt, some very good and unique features in Prezi as compared to PowerPoint. One of the greatest flaw of PowerPoint is that the flow and navigation is mostly linear. Prezi solves this problem. The ability to zoom-in and out gives a new meaning to presenting things in context. Try presenting and explaining MindMaps or Balanced ScoreCard linkages using a Prezi. So much easier and elegant than a PowerPoint (or any other comparable tool). My disillusionment is because of the way people have used (or should I say abused) it.

The indiscriminate screen movements, the unnecessary zoom-in and zoom-out, the vertigo inducing rotations of the screen – that too without any thought and purpose behind it (in most cases). These features have been used like hammer in the hand of hulk – without any restraint whatsoever. Over-doing of these visual effects act as a distraction, making the audience focus more on the presentation than the presenter.

The more sophisticated the tool becomes, the more time should be spent on the drawing board – I call this blue printing the presentation. If a PowerPoint lacking a well thought of blue print is bad, a thoughtless Prezi is torture.

In the end, I must say that PowerPoint is as extensively debased as it is used. As if there is one and only one reason for the massive suffering endured by mankind due to bad presentations – PowerPoint. Its like blaming AK-47 rifles for terrorism in Afghanistan. It’s not the rifle, but the finger on the trigger which matters most.

There is no tool (and there will never be) that can eradicate bad presentations. Because bad presentations are not about the tool, it’s about you and me, the ones who are presenting.

An Engineers’ Selection of Most Creative Google Doodles

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It all started in the year 1998, when the Google Founders, to indicate their attendance in the burning man festival, added a stick burning man figure to the Google logo making the first Google Doodle, . With time, Google Doodles have become the most potent and eagerly awaited expression of creativity on the internet. Sergey Brin even got patent on the concept of Doodles (Titled – Systems and method of enticing users to a website). Google Doodles are based on a variety of topics ranging from festivals, political/non-political events, famous personalities, etc. However, I find the once related to scientific inventions as the most creative and intelligent ones. Below is my list of five most creative as well as intelligent doodles.

  • Number Five – On the 50th Anniversary of understanding the structure of the DNA

Google Doodle on 50th Anniversary of Understanding DNA

From DNA to Design (and loads of Money!!)

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Winning ideas are amazingly simple.

They are always there; just that no one noticed it. Until a maverick comes and finds it out, nurtures it, builds it into a winning business enterprise – and leaves you wondering – Oh man, why didn’t I think about it.

Have you ever seen a DNA gel electrophoresis. It is basically a dull black and white Keep reading…

Another Fab. Design Innovation – A “To-Do” Clock

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To-Do Clock

To-Do Clock

Talking about innovations, the most elegant ones are also the most simple. I was browsing thru this design blog, where I found this clock which also has a “To-Do” feature. I just loved this design. For someone like me who is not very comfortable setting reminders on mobile phones, this clock is an excellent tool to organize and plan a day. 

 

PS: Read my previous post on another interesting and innovative Clock Design here

Clock for ‘9 to 5’ers

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Ever wondered by almost all clocks have the hours 3, 6, 9 and 12 highlighted? Something to do with symmetry I guess. But, why not highlight any other hour? And why not highlight based on functional aspects rather than aesthetic aspects?

9-5 clock Probably this was the question in the mind of the designer who came up this amazing design of a clock which has 9 (the time at which one should come to office) 12 (lunch time) and 5 (time to go) highlighted in the clock. Out of box thinking at its best!

HR Managers: if you are looking for something to gift to your employees – search no more – this is the perfect gift you can give to your employees!

And when I start working, I definitely want this clock in my office.

Source: I.D. Magazine