Auditory/ Talking clocks: What are they? All about them!


An auditory clock or a talking clock is basically a clock that talks to its user. It can tell time by getting commands which are either audio too or given by pressing a specific button. Moreover, most of the auditory clocks also tell things like the date, temperature, and some other stuff like jokes.

Usually, talking clocks come with a recorded human voice service that is used. These voices have been pre-recorded and they will automatically speak time when commanded

A list of some speaking clocks

Many of the speaking clocks can even connect with phones and Bluetooth. They can even set you up for meetings and set times for your meditation. Moreover, there aren’t that expensive too as there are models starting from $20. Hence you won’t have to worry about spending a lump sum of money to get something of a relevant voice assistant.

Auditory Clocks Help Visually Impaired

Another great thing about talking clocks is that they can be quite helpful for people who are visually impaired. And usually have trouble telling time. They can just push the button and know time instantly, or give a voice command, saying something like” hey …, what’s the time/ temperature /day now”. Moreover, many people who wear glasses have said that auditory clocks really do help, especially during the night times, as they don’t have to get up, inconveniently look for their glasses to tell time. With the help of the auditory clocks they could just audibly ask or press a button that prompts a relevant answer

History Of Sounds In Clocks

Its been quite a while now since clocks have come with the sounds. The very first alarm clock was made by a farmer that only made sound once during the dawn. And farmers cumulatively as a profession were the very first people who popularized the concept. As they had to wake up earlier then most of the professions at the time. Quite a few centuries later a clock that could only sound once in the early morning evolved into something that could be set according to the time one wishes.

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Then soon came along the Cuckoo clocks, that took the industry with a surprise, as they were not only graceful and antique in their look. But could often be used as an alarm clock when deemed fit

Answering a few questions about auditory clocks

Can auditory clocks actually be helpful for the blind people?

Auditory clocks as we mentioned before can prove quite helpful for visually impaired people. They can just push the button. And know time instantly, or give a voice command, saying something like “hey …, what’s the time/temperature/day now”. Moreover, many people who wear glasses have said that auditory clocks really do help, especially during the night times, as they don’t have to get up, inconveniently look for their glasses to tell time. As with the help of the auditory clocks, they could just audibly ask or press a button that prompts a relevant answer and tells them the time

Aren’t auditory clocks expensive to have?

Well, though there are many auditory clocks that come with a lot of features and are expensive. But there are many that are cheap too and can do their job well like the “Reflex Black And Silver Digital Talking Alarm Clock 908-3103” that you can get for £ 9 ( $12.51 ) and there are many others within the $10 to $20 range too that you could get on Amazon, so no worries regarding that. But, regardless to say the features on them would vay depending on the price tag

What is the extent of the features of the auditory clocks?

Well, depending on which one you buy you can get one that can set meetings, play songs, call your friends and family and even connect to your phone by just a simple audible command.

Digital clocks are have highly advanced in their evolution in recent times they are quite commonly used nowadays in forms of alarm clocks and sometimes also for decorative purposes. Now lets look at some of the most interesting and advanced digital clocks

Some unique digital/ alarm/ Sound clocks

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This is one of the most fun clocks out there. It not only is a great alarm clock. But if your kid is a sleepy head and doesn’t wake up on time, this might be one of the best clocks. What it does is that it jumps and keeps running around whilst buzzing the alarm so the person in the room would have to get up physically and run after the clock. And catch it to turn the alarm off, sounds interesting right

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Moreover, it can jump up to 3 feet in height and can jump off of a nightstand. It also comes with a beeping sound and a super loud alarm. It is a great and helpful gift for deep sleepers. This clock costs $46 on Amazon as of now and is well worth its price. So do give its heading a click if you are interested in knowing about it more

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This clock comes with a very great and unique way to gently wake you up. These might be your thing if you if buzzing alarms are not your way to go

It comes with five pleasant nature sounds and also has a stunning sunlight simulation. This is what separates it from all of the other alarm clocks out there. How does it work you ask? Well, it starts with slowly stimulating the sunrise 30 to 40 minutes before your actual alarm time, while slowly shifting from soft dawn to glistening sunshine that is sure to tell you that its time to wake you up. Many people have proclaimed that this has actually changed their waking up schedule. The light it comes with has 10 different intensities and can also be used as a lamp. Lastly, it just looks great and improves the overall look of your room. It looks very chic and classy.

However, its biggest drawback without a doubt is its price. It might just seem too costly as it is available for $85.52 on Amazon. Which is quite lower than before but still might be too much for an alarm clock. And another con that it has buttons that are poorly positioned.

Hopefully, this article was helpful in informing you about the sound clocks and some general questions about clocks. If you have any clock-related questions, feel free to use the comment section below. And if you want to know why clocks don’t appear in dreams, we have a great article on just that so do give it a click if you are interested “Why don’t clocks appear in dreams? Clocks and dreams!Opens in a new tab.“. And stay tuned to ohmyclock for more interesting articles about clocks

AK Iqbal

A University of London’ student with a passion for writing. Clocks have always intrigued me and the importance that they have in our lives is way beyond phenomenal. So, on this site, I write everything about clocks, everything from answering any clock-related queries that you might have along with recommending some of my favorite clocks accordingly. Moreover, I will also be conducting some researches on clock related topics and sharing the things that I learn. So stay tuned to ohmyclock for all the fun clocks related content

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