Intelligent alarm clocks

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I've had a few listeners who heard my Radio 2 interview get in touch, asking about the alarm clock I mentioned. It always has the right time and even automatically resets the time when the clocks go forward or back.

There are in fact two options, as far as I'm aware. The first is a clock that gets its time 100% accurate using a radio signal from an atomic clock. Oregon Scientific are the leading brand for this.

The second is a DAB radio alarm clocks that takes its time from a signal sent out from radio stations. I can't say with 100% certainty whether all DAB alarm clocks do this, but the good ones do. Pure is the market leader in DAB radios and the one that I personally use is the Pure Chronos iDock Series II (pictured), which does an excellent job with DAB radio, music from iPod/iPhone or just a buzzer. The sound quality is excellent and if you forget to dock your iPhone it automatically switches to buzzer - very clever!


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