The world today is in the grips of a technological revolution. Each and every facet of traditional technology has undergone some degree of evolution. The most noticeable change has been that all technologies are being linked to the software. The software has pervaded all the realms of technology and has become an integral part, not only of technological equipment but also of our everyday lives. Digital technology has many advantages over physical devices, such as safety, easy maintainability, etc.
One of the most common pieces of technology is the alarm clock. It has been taken for granted for a long time. However, it has also undergone a makeover in the past year. The first digital version of the alarm clock was encountered by many in their cell phones and now smartphones. However, another digital form of the alarm clock has been available since 2006 which very few people know about.
The online alarm clock has been around for much longer than people assume. Tom Churm, German software developed first developed the online alarm clock in 2006. It is still available on the web but doesn’t compare well with its competitors. You can set our alarms in the hour-minute-second format. It also allows you to change the backgrounds of the alarm clock to pleasantly animated loops. You can select your alarm tones from the twenty-one alarm sounds available on the site. These are quite wide-ranging, and all of them are very annoying, just what you need to wake you up. The alarm does not shut down without human interaction.
However, it does not integrate with Youtube or with .mp3 files of our choice. This feature is quite prominent in all its competitors. Other online alarm clocks allow the user to select any content, video as well as audio, for the alarm. They also have a lot more customization options, more timers, stopwatches, backup alarms, etc.
The working of an online alarm clock is childishly simple. The website tracks time, like any laptop, smart device or any cell phone with an internet service would. This allows you to sync your clock with any time zone you want. It allows you to track time with the utmost precision if that os your requirement. It can also play online content of your choice. It does this by copying search results and playing the top search result. It can also integrate with radio content and tune in to the desired station at the given time.
Any online alarm clock needs internet connectivity. However, it only needs an internet connection at the exact time of the alarm. You cannot shut down, or sleep your laptop, of you want the alarm to ring. You also cannot close the tab of the alarm. These conditions may prove to be problematic in circumstances where you don’t have access to power or the internet. Leaving your computer running for longer periods of time may also cause heating or other problems in certain machines.
When you consider the requirements for using an online alarm clock, its usage becomes slightly restricted. It can be ideally used in the workplace. It is quite widely used in corporate offices where time management is quite important. If you are working for long hours on your computer and tend to be engrossed, you can easily set an alarm for your appointment or even a break that you could have forgotten about. You can also use it at home as a baking timer or as a wake up alarm for short naps.
An online alarm clock makes for an excellent backup alarm clock. You can use it whenever you find yourself without your phone or a physical alarm clock.
One of the chief advantages of an online alarm clock is its incredible customizability. The alarm clocks available on the internet allow you to choose the content of the alarm from any online or offline media content. Some online alarms you to select Youtube content as your alarm. Some allow you to upload .mp3 files from your laptop for your alarms. Some also have a desktop widget for better control. Some allow you to play the radio at the designated time. Some read out the weather report and your messages at the reset time. Thus customisability remains the most attractive feature of online alarm clocks.