Archive for the ‘Product Development’ Category
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
We just got a cool email from a customer:
The somewhat randomized alarm really helps alleviate the sense of dread and anger that usually accompanies listening to an alarm, and the threat of the thing falling off the table helps me to get up just seconds before it’s set to run away.
We thought you would like to know why we chose to give Clocky the sound that he has. We wanted Clocky to talk. For us, Clocky is not an inanimate thing that just beeps at you. Instead, we think of him as being expressive, and having character. We want him to make you laugh. That’s why we spent a lot of time engineering Clocky’s “language”. We worked hard to record a random set of pitches, tones, clicks and beeps and then program them to be spit out randomly.
We’re happy that all that hard work has been put to good use.
Check the video below to hear Clocky’s voice.
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
A lot of you want to know more about Clocky’s structure. ABS plastic is used to make light, strong, molded products like pipes and musical instruments and now, Clocky. Here are some photos showcasing Clocky’s ABS plastic shell.
Saturday, July 8th, 2006
Regular followers know why Clocky was created (and if you don’t, click here). But do you know what really makes him ‘tick’?
Clocky is programmed to wheel around in a random direction every time his alarm sounds, so you never know where he’ll end up hiding. He also has an axel built to withstand and absorb a drop of up to 3 feet onto the floor. The axel is reinforced with a strong plastic. He was drop tested thousands of times to make sure he was up for the challenge of daily use (we’re lucky he’s so forgiving).
The photo below shows his insides, and his axel construction.
Sunday, June 18th, 2006
We wanted to show you some of the improvements made in our new Clocky prototype. This Clocky is fabricated with a larger display to make it easier to read the time. We also changed the buttons slightly to be more ergonomic and user friendly.
You can see more images of Clocky on flickr.
Friday, March 24th, 2006
We’re proud to announce that we have perfected Clocky’s movement on carpet. This means we’re one step closer to officially releasing him into the wild.
Check out this video we took today and see how well he gets around.
Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
Our first prototype has got some great moves! There’s still a ways to go, but we made some great progress. Here’s a video we took this morning.
Friday, February 17th, 2006
We were doing a little experiment on our prototype today and completely disassembled Clocky. We had to take photos to share with you so you could get a better feel of what makes Clocky “tick”.
Monday, January 30th, 2006
We made some changes to our original prototype. The original was 8 inches in length, and ultimately seemed too bulky. Our revisions bring Clocky down in size by 40%. See our original below. We will post about the revision soon.
Thursday, December 29th, 2005
One of the things we’re experimenting with is “dome-ifying” Clocky’s wheels to help him stay moving should he land on his side when rolling off a night stand. Here’s a sketch of the change we’re considering.
Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
We want to share the look we’re going with for Clocky’s face. We’re getting closer to the final version of what will soon be Clocky’s face and body shape. The “eyes” will be two buttons for setting the time and alarm, and Clocky’s “mouth” is a display.
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