Secret Agent Alarm Clock Review: On Her Majesty’s Sleep-Rest Service


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

Mi Train – release your inner train-spotter!

An early contender for ‘The Most Useless Gadget of 2012’, the chaps at thumbsUp! have brought us the Mi Train Journey, a desktop simulation of, yes you guessed it, a train journey.


Coming in the form of a replica train carriage, you slot your Smartphone into the ‘window’ and proceed to watch the landscape pass by as the journey begins. And, err… that’s about it. It is fair to say this is one of those gadgets you will either love or hate.

Mi Train Journey comes complete with a miniature passenger, meaning as you sit back and watch the landscape zip past the window, you can move the little figure around from seat to seat, re-enacting the very events that took place in your carriage this morning if you so desire. However, if your journey in to work is anything like mine, then you will need to invest in about 30 more figures that are all crammed together, a healthy dose of bodily odour, copious amounts of rubbish to spread around the seats and half a dozen copies of the Metro that can be dotted about the place. How relaxing.

There is not much we can say about this gadget apart from plugging it in and watch it go. Some may be mesmerised as the scenery flashes by, others will wonder if there life has no meaning left in it. Still, credit to the developers, it is unique if nothing else.

Mi Train Journey is yours to own and treasure forever for only £19.99, and is available from