The first thing you’ll notice about the bed shaker alarm clock is that it incorporates two things that have become increasingly prevalent over the last few years: it is an iPhone/iPod alarm clock dock (of which there are literally hundreds and hundreds of different types) and secondly it shamelessly uses the prefix lower-case ‘i’ in front of the iPod related product name.
Fortunately there is something different about the snappily named iLuv iMM178DAB Dual Alarm For iPhone & iPod and that is the somewhat novel way to help wake you up in the morning — much like an Army drill sergeant this alarm clock will shake you awake.
Admittedly this is a bit (ok, a lot) of an exaggeration but the principle is the same: instead of relying on sounds to wake you up you can opt for the ‘Bed Shaker’ which although sounds very, er…, exciting simply vibrates either your bed or your pillow to bring you back to the world of the conscious much like the Sonic Boom Alarm Clock does!
This aims to solve two slightly contradictory problems. The first benefit is to those who struggle to wake up to conventional beeping sounds (however loud) as this gadget promises to wake up even the deepest of sleepers, whilst on the other hand it allows those of you that share your bed to awake yourself without disrupting the sleep of your partner. This is admittedly a little confusing and does rely on the shaker shaking your pillow rather than the bed, but in theory at least it looks like a pretty neat idea.
And what’s the best thing to do with a neat idea? Attach it to an iPod dock so you can charge your iPhone or iPod as you sleep! As facetious as that may be iLuv would appear to have done a good job with this example as it genuinely looks like a dock that you would be happy to buy in its own right.
Unfortunately the alarm frequency settings aren’t quite as flexible as you might like (only everyday, weekdays and weekends are available) but the number of permutations between the ‘Bed Shaker’, 7 probably irritating buzzer alarm sounds, FM radio and your iPod/iPhone does make up for that.
Interestingly you don’t appear to be able to awake to DAB which the dock is capable of playing meaning you have to choose from your 8 pre-set FM stations if you want to wake up to radio, but again that’s not the end of the world.
The last notable point from the iLuv iMM178DAB Dual Alarm Clock for iPhone & iPod is that the ‘Bed Shaker’ also incorporates a small speaker allowing you to go to sleep to the music of your choice without disturbing anyone you may share your bed with which is both a nice addition and a clever way of re-using the ‘Bed Shaker’.
Unfortunately this doesn’t come that cheap weighing in at £95, but I suppose if it means your partner is happy when they eventually wake up then maybe it’s worth it… unless of course you are the lazy one in which case it definitely is!