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As complicated as it can be, getting up in the morning has several really simple solutions, supposing you’re one not apt to be waking. One of them is TUI-AC, the Tangible User Interface Alarm Clock, a lovely little bomb that you set with a pin, turn, crank, and arm by releasing, and go ahead to sleep. Once the bomb’s set time is reached, BOOM! And alarm goes off that you’ll never miss. Why? Because of how complicated it is to get up, find the bomb, find the pin, and place the pin back in the bomb to stop the noise.

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Yamaha’s been the go-to company when it comes to iPod docks that are a notch above average, and the outfit’s latest is no different. It’s a me-too world out there, and somehow the TSX-140 manages to set itself apart by offering an eye-pleasing motif alongside an IntelliAlarm feature. Put simply, the latter allow users to be awoken by music on their iPod, but rather than blasting firmly at 11 when the clock strikes way-too-early, it gradually ups the volume until your brain is alert enough to obliterate the snooze button. As expected, there’s an iPod docking port on the top as well as a USB port, and you’ll find a pair of 3.5-inch ported bass reflex speakers beneath the Earthy exterior. In addition to the illuminated buttons on the top panel, three front panel controls give access to source, volume, radio presets, alarm clock and equalizer functions, and while Yamaha claims that this guy provides “a gentle, stress-free feeling that makes waking up a pleasure,” we’re guessing it’ll still be a chore doing everything after.

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