A history of the alarm clock

By Dean Evans, Technology Writer

Mankind has spent thousands of years trying to find the best way to wake up on time. From the chimes of St. Mark's Clocktower in Venice to the beeps of the Brandstand CubieTime, the history of the alarm clock is a story where no idea is too crazy. 

It's a timeline that starts way back in 3000 BC with the unreliable Rooster and then takes in:

The Water Clock (Clepsydra)

These clocks were popular in ancient Greece and worked by allowing water to drip from one container into another below. When engineer Ctesibius added the ability to drop pebbles onto a gong when water reached a certain level, the world’s first alarm clock was born. 

The Digital Alarm Clock

When we talk about digital alarm clocks, it’s not a question of electronics but how the numbers are displayed. D.E Protzmann patented a clock that used digits in 1956, paving the way for the popular digital alarm clocks we know today.

Discover the full history of the alarm clock (and eight modern interpretations of it) in our A History Of The Alarm Clock infographic. View it/download it below.

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