Cool Toys Pic of the day – Mutewatch

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Mutewatch:
http://www.mutewatch.com/

What’s black and white and red all over, but doesn’t make a single
sound? Well, grey and white and red, anyway. The new answer is
Mutewatch.

In their words:
“Mutewatch is a silent alarm in the shape of a vibrating wristband.
This discreet device with its hidden touchscreen brings structure and
time back to its user. It serves as a quiet reminder that helps you
follow your own agenda without disturbing people in your surroundings.
Mutewatch is always at hand and allows you to swiftly navigate between
its functions (clock, alarm, and timer), giving you the ability to set
your vibrations as you go.”
“To activate Mutewatch – just tap the flat surface and a hidden screen
will appear. Now use your fingers to navigate through the functions –
swipe horizontal to scroll between timer, clock and alarm.
To set a time for a desired vibration – when the digits appear, just
swipe your finger vertically along each of the digits or tap on the
top or bottom part of the digits until the correct time is shown on
the screen.
To delete an alarm you’ve set – just pinch it and it will be erased.”

My thoughts:

Mutewatch fascinates me as an assistive device. I hope and pray it
rapidly becomes more affordable. The immediately obvious is that a
touch-sensitive time device and alarm might hit a real sweet spot for
people with visual impairments. The idea of a clock you can read with
your fingers, under the table while paying attention to the meeting
you are in is very likely appealing to many. What really leaped to
mind, though, were recent stories I’ve been hearing from other parents
of kids on the autism spectrum about how hard it is to get their kids
up in the morning, and how, for some of the kids, the ONLY thing that
works is a physical alarm that literally shakes the whole bed. There
are several of these (bed shaking alarm, “Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock with
Bed Shaker”, “Wacky Wake & Shake”). For me, the amount of volume and
type of music required to wake my son means that if I happen to be
asleep when his alarm goes off, it is going to put me through the
roof. The idea of an alarm that doesn’t shake, rattle, roll or rock
(or give me heart failure) is a very nice thing. Many people on the
autism spectrum have sensory anomalies of some sort. This device
would, I expect, be incredibly practical and useful for some of them,
depending on their particularly hyperacute senses.

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