Sure you could wake to the sun’s rays, a cock crowing or the chime of alarm bells, but where’s the fun in that. If you’ve ever been startled awake at 5 in the morning and had the sudden desire to pop a cap in someone’s ass, then the Thumbs Up Secret Agent Alarm Clock is perfect.
Styled like a classic 007 Walther PPK (I think), the Secret Agent Alarm Clock, slips under your pillow and vibrates when the appointed time is near. Your finely tuned reflexes can reach for your piece and shoot the wall or ceiling to see the time projected as an LED clock face.
Aside from the trigger, which fires up the LED there are only two simple buttons on the battery-powered device, one to set the time and one to set the alarm. If you’ve ever used a classic alarm clock (and if you’re under a certain age there’s a fair chance you might not have) then it’s easy to use and if there’s one thing you won’t be reaching for it’s the instructions.
This is obviously a fun bordering on the novel gadget, making a great device for anyone who wants to live a live of espionage, intrigue and punctuality. As an alarm clock it is only so-so – the vibrations are a little bit mild – although the silence is useful as you can get up early without waking your partner. It definitely woke me up day to day but if I had a super important reason to be up – like a flight or job interview it’s more likely to be my back up alarm clock.
If you’re wondering what does get me up in the morning then you’re in luck as I’m going to tell you. In the winter months the alarm clock function on the Philips Hue is pretty much unbeatable. When it’s bright in the mornings I prefer the Sleep Cycle app, which measures your sleep cycles and wakes you at the lightest point – without the jarring slap in the face of the traditional alarm clock
The Secret Agent Alarm Clock is out now from Thumbs Up for £19.99