Funny Alarm Clocks: Clocky and Tocky

by sheilamarie

Who says waking up in morning has to be unpleasant? These alarm clocks can make even the groggiest person smile when being dragged out of bed.

I don't know about you, but having to be somewhere in the early morning can be really annoying, especially when you stay up late burning the night oil, so to speak. Many alarm clocks make you feel downright grumpy with their shrieky beeps, jolting you from dreamland.

Or maybe you're like some members of my family who either don't hear the alarm at all or think the doze button can be clicked a dozen or more times. These alarm clocks make that behavior a challenge, to say the least.


An Alarm Clock That Runs Away

From the picture you may not realize it, but Tocky the alarm clock is curved like a ball on the side opposite the clock face. Why do I mention this fact straight up? Well, if you can get the image of a ball in your head, you can glimpse how Tocky operates.

Your alarm goes off at 6 a.m., for example. Reach out your hand to turn it off, and the clock rolls away, bouncing off your bedside table and rolling around the floor. The alarm doesn't stop. In fact, with Tocky, you may even have programmed a message that talks to you, cajoling you to get up. You actually have to get out of bed to turn the alarm off.

Bingo! Out of bed and on the way to really waking up. 

Not only can you program Tocky to speak to you, you can also download your mp3 player into it so you can be awakened with your favorite songs. 

Now that's getting interesting! 

Tocky Alarm Clock

Also Comes in Black, Aqua, and Orange

Clocky Alarm Clock

An Alarm Clock with Wheels

Clocky was the first alarm clock made by Nanda Home, Inc. As you can see in the picture, Clocky has wheels. It can jump three feet from your bedside table and wheel along your floor, playing a game of hide and seek. Most of the customers from Amazon report that Clocky had no trouble manoeuvring around their bedrooms, even those who had plush carpets.

This clock tickles my funny bone. It looks and behaves much like R2D2 from Star Wars. I think anyone who has trouble getting up in the morning will find that this little fella can provide a pretty good solution. If you don't get too annoyed with it, Clocky may even get you laughing first thing, which is a great way to start the day.

Clocky: An Alarm Clock on Wheels

"Catch Me If You Can!"

Clocky Alarm Clock On Wheels, Aqua








              Besides the pictured aqua, red, black, and chrome, Clocky also comes in blue,    

              raspberry, and pink!

Does anyone in your household have difficulty getting up in the morning?

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You better believe it!
PeggyHazelwood on 04/28/2013

Yes, me!

BrendaReeves on 11/03/2012

Just the dogs.

Who Makes These Weird Alarm Clocks?

Nanda Homes is the manufacturer of the Clocky and Tocky Alarm Clocks. What began as an assignment for a course has since won many awards and has sold world wide.

Gauri Nanda, a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, invented Clocky as an assignment for her industrial design class. Her first attempt, which she took three days to build, was clothed in shag carpet to look as cute as a pet. The current sleeker model has Star Wars overtones and is still described by those who use it as "adorable," if sometimes annoying.  Tocky is a newer version with a microphone for recording wake-up messages and music. There's a third model, called Ticky, with a digital analogue face.

So, you see, assignment challenges can really evolve into something that solves problems in people's lives and even can become financial success stories. It's true, Gauri Nanda was a student at MIT and so had a great deal of talent to begin with, but there's no reason other young talented people cannot make serious attempts to create a product that solves a problem. 

Do you think Gauri has trouble getting out of bed herself? Or maybe it's a family member whom she got tired of calling in the morning yet again.

Now, I'm Not Claiming That Clocky and Tocky Will Help You Find True Love

But You Never Know . . .

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What Do You Think of Clocky and Tocky Alarm Clocks?

Any Chance You'd Use Them?

I suppose these alarm clocks would be fun as a gift and would appeal to my sense of play, but I'm not sure whether or not I would enjoy being woken up this way. I tend to get up without a whole lot of trouble, but if getting up on time became an issue, I think I would give them a try.

In fact, I can think of a few hard-to-wake-up types in my family who could benefit from the experience. I'm thinking of these alarm clocks as a Christmas gift for one of them.

What about you? Can you think of someone who'd enjoy Clocky or Tocky? Please leave a message below to share your thoughts.

Updated: 11/04/2012, sheilamarie
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sheilamarie on 07/01/2015

I might get annoyed myself, Digby_Adams!

Digby_Adams on 06/28/2015

I have a really hard time waking up in the morning.I'm so grumpy I don't know how I would react. It might be very humorous or downright pathettic!

sheilamarie on 04/29/2013

Thanks for your comment, Peggy. Isn't it a great thing when you can get up when your body says so?

PeggyHazelwood on 04/28/2013

Very cute selection. Fortunately I don't have to get up early or I might have to get one of these cute alarm clocks.

sheilamarie on 11/04/2012

Thanks, 2uesday. I could have used something like this when my sons were in high school!

sheilamarie on 11/03/2012

They do make me chuckle!

BrendaReeves on 11/03/2012

These are funny. I especially like the propeller clock.

sheilamarie on 10/25/2012

I hope he enjoys it, Belinda. I'll bet you'll enjoy seeing him chase it, too!

belinda342 on 10/25/2012

hehe...I think I know what I'm getting my son for Christmas! Thanks! These alarm clocks are awesome.

sheilamarie on 10/25/2012

It's great to have that freedom, Ragtimelil!

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