Make Sleeping a Thing of the Past With the Geemarc Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock

The shrill sound of the morning alarm is one that fills most of us with dread. We all wish that we could have that extra few minutes in the warm comfort of our beds before dragging ourselves from underneath the duvet to face the world for another day.

Some people are good at getting up, and the promise of a new day is enough to make them rise and shine early, without the need for an alarm. For others, however, this is not as easy, with one or more alarms needed to help wake them from their slumber.

In the most extreme cases, the deepest sleepers amongst us need to be physically woken. This is where Geemarc’s new Sonic Bomb alarm comes in handy. With its built-in supercharged bed shaker, this turbo-charged, extra-loud alarm has been designed with not just the lazy, but also the hearing impaired in mind. Before this new innovation, a traditional alarm clock was of no use to the deaf and hard of hearing. Now they never need to worry about sleeping in again.

Developed in the United States, the Sonic Bomb is part Geemarc’s new Sonic Alert series, produced by the American company of the same name who specialise in producing products designed to help those who are hard of hearing. Geemarc are exclusive distributors of the sonic alert alarm clock range here in the UK.

Sonic Alert

Sonic Alert began when the company’s founder, Adam Kollin wanted to help his hard of hearing grandmother to see when people were calling at her house, as she couldn’t hear the doorbell. What he devised, was a system which involved flashing lights all around the house, which illuminated when anybody rang the doorbell or telephone. This early system proved to be a great success, prompting Kollin to go into business producing similar products.

Although the system he produced for his Grandmother was handy, it involved a complex system of wires and took almost a week to install. Kollin realised the value of the system but also that it would be much more marketable as a product if it was wireless and easy to install. After 2 years of development, he came up with the first Sonic Alert System, and was awarded a patent for this unique design. Since then, the company has grown to produce a series of products to help those with hearing and other impairments.

The Sonic Bomb alarm clock is currently available from BigBoxShop.co.uk priced at £23.50

Best Sonic Games

Sonic games have become very popular to both children and adults, and that is because Sonic is a fun and entertaining game to play. It has been around since 1991 and since that time period the blue hedgehog has gained many fans. Although Sega has stopped its production in the console business, you can still find Sonic games available for other entertainment system, on more importantly, online for free.

Some of the best Sonic games include:

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

In this game we find Sonic chasing Robotnik to Angel Island, and this is where his arch rival Knuckles is met. In this version of the game we find a red version of Sonic whose character move is a fist punch. We find that in this version of the game, the levels are more competitive, also we see a much better story line compared to much earlier versions of Sonic games. This game was the last of the franchise to ever appear on the Sega Genesis.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The introduction of Tails took place in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. At first glance, he might not appear to be an important aspect of the game however think again as he brings more fun and entertainment to the game but is also somewhat playable. Because of his size and characteristics, he can access areas in the game that Sonic can’t get into.

Sonic and Knuckles

Sonic and Knuckles introduced multiplayer game play to the Sonic franchise. In this game you are given the option to choose between Sonic or Knuckles in which each character has its own level of skill. Knuckles is capable of punching through walls and can glide whereas Sonic is much quicker and can also do double jumps. Also note that both characters can be played on the screen at the same time, with one being the second player.

Sonic Adventure

3D development was first introduced for Sonic through Sonic Adventure. It became popular very quickly and fans enjoyed the game as it added dimension, enhanced graphics and a lot of fun to the ever popular game.

A good proportion of the games listed are 2D games, the younger generation of Sonic fans may not be very familiar with the 2D version of the game. Technology has grown and advanced over the years so gaming has changed from the way it use to be back in 1991 when Sonic was first introduced. The 2D older games were the most popular of the franchise as that is when Sonic was in competition with Nintendo’s product, Mario.

The Sound of Business -Part IV

Steps to Creating Your Sonic Personality©

1. List all the human attributes inherent in your business personality. An
accounting firm may want to project stability, reliability, and a
conventional outlook – think the avuncular voice of Walter Cronkite. An
advertising agency might want to deliver a hip, cutting edge, in your face
creative personality – think the edgy delivery of Chris Rock or Dennis
Leary. Now before you get all excited and start shouting, ‘how I am I
going to afford these guys?’ the answer is you don’t. There are great
voice actors available at very reasonable prices that can project the
desired style and delivery.

2. What are the audio qualities of the Signature Voice? Do you want a
man or a woman, or a combination of both? Do you want a deep base
voice full of conviction, a snooty British accent dripping in
condescension, or a comic rapid-fire patter aimed to amuse and
entertain? When we created the MassiveRecordProductions.com (http://
http://www.massiverecordproductions.com) project, we required a smart-alec
wise-guy approach, in the vain of Dennis Miller. In this case, the actual
accent of the voice was less important than the delivery.

3. What kind of language, phrasing, and cadence is required to give the
Signature Voice its personality? When we were looking for a Signature
Voice for a DVD that was to be used at the Winter Baseball Meetings,
we decided on a combination of Dizzy Dean and Mel Allen. The key was
that ‘good ole boy’ southern charm conveyed through a combination of
baseball jargon, phrasing, and dialect. We weren’t looking for someone
to imitate Dizzy Dean, just someone who could deliver the essence of
Dizzy’s love for the game.

4. Wet or Dry? Have you ever watched one of those ‘The Making of …’
documentaries on a how a movie was made? Sometimes they will show
you a scene with dialog but no music or sound effects. It’s really very flat,
even with the actors doing their dramatic best. Voice without music or
sound effects is called a ‘Dry’ delivery. When the effects and the music
are added in postproduction, the scene delivers real emotional impact.
The music and f/x provide emotional clues and memory hooks.

5. Write the script. I find having the voice in my head is a great help in
writing the script. Whether you’re shooting for Sidney Greenstreet or Rod
Serling, the cadence, phrasing, and language are what makes the script
come alive, and creates the Sonic Personality© that will represent your
company. Unrelated to the actual voice but definitely of importance to
the script, is the point of view. The script should not be about you, it
should be about how your audience can benefit from knowing you. Don’t
fall into the trap of focusing on you and listing a bunch of product or
service features. Talk about what you can do for your audience, and in
that way you will make a real connection.

6. Audition the talent. Once you have a script, it’s time to audition a
number of voices to find the one that fits the Sonic Personality© you are
looking for, and of course the price you are willing to pay. We generally
have 50 to 100 people audition for each script. We then narrow the
search down to the two or three best voices that fit the audio and budget
requirements and present them to our client.

7. Implement on the Web. Once the voice audio is complete, music and
sound effects can be added as needed. The audio tracks are then cut
into digestible clips, compressed, and converted into appropriate
implementible files. The Sonic Personality© program can be delivered
on a website, or a DVD or CD presentation.

The Proof Is In The Toaster

In a world of mental clutter, ‘information anxiety’, and low attention
spans, Sonic Personality© will become the next big weapon in
webmedia presentation and marketing. But let’s say you’re still not
convinced even after reading the four installments of ‘The Sound of
Business.’ Let me show you exactly how Sonic Personality© can work in
a practical example, but you have to promise to participate.

Take a sticky note or a plain piece of paper and place a big question
mark on it. Under the question mark draw a line. Now place the piece of
paper in your daily agenda two weeks from today. In two weeks, I want
you to write down on that piece of paper the name of the fictitious
product in the example we are going to create. If you can remember the
product’s name, Sonic Personality© has done its job.

Here’s the setup. There are certain things in life that are very personal,
the way you dress, how you comb your hair, the way you take your
coffee, and how you like your toast. There is nothing worse (well of
course there is) than waking up on a Saturday morning, taking the last
two slices of bread, placing them in the toaster, and in several minutes
find you have what can best be described as a ‘burnt offering.’ There is
definitely a need here that needs to be filled.

Our made-up client is a small appliance company who has created a
toaster that audibly warns you what setting your toaster is on as soon as
you put your bread in it. This product has appeal for anyone who has
been irritated by ruined toast. The client isn’t sure what kind of Sonic
Personality© they want to present, so we create a series of Sonic Demo
Spots.

Click on the link below to hear the various sonic demo spots, each with
its own Sonic Personality©. Don’t forget to create your two-week
reminder and if you remember the name of the product, you should start
thinking about how to implement your own Sonic Personality©
campaign.