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

The Sound of Business – Part I

Breaking The Liquid Crystal Barrier

The Web is an emotionally remote hinterland delivered to us through an
impenetrable liquid crystal barrier. How then, can you as a business
owner, entrepreneur, or marketing executive connect to a target
audience that requires emotional reassurance in order to do business?

Willy Loman is Dead

Gone are the days when we sent out phalanxes of sales representatives
pounding the pavement, beating the bushes, and generally getting in
the face of prospects. Too expensive, way too expensive, have you seen
the price of gas? Enough said.

Hot Shots Are Us

So you hire some hot shot Web designer who isn’t as old as the shoes
you’re wearing. If you spent some money on your site, and you didn’t fall
into the trap of having your brother-in-law’s cousin design the thing, you
probably got a technically proficient website. Unfortunately, when they
teach these ‘wunderkind’ the ways of the Web at the local community
college, they don’t teach them anything about business, especially
anything about marketing.

Now if you’re one of those people who think websites are IT projects
then good luck, have a nice life, stop reading, because the rest of what I
have to say will mean nothing to you. On the other hand, if you believe
websites are about marketing, let’s talk.

A Manifesto for the Web

A bunch of guys a whole lot smarter than me wrote a neat little screed
called the ‘The Cluetrain Manifesto’ – very clever stuff. What they said
was ‘markets are conversations consisting of human beings, and the
Internet enables these conversations.’ Now here’s the critical part,
‘conversations among human beings sound human. They are
conducted in a human voice.’ Now does that sound like the Web you
know? Does your website speak with a human voice? Does your
website connect in a human way to your customers? I think not.

So what does this really mean, this so called conversation? Well we are
all aware of Email, Blogs, RSS, and the Instant Messenger technologies
that have enabled this conversation to take place. But with these
informal conversations comes a danger – sloppy thinking and
misunderstood intent.

Someone sends you an email, and you quickly respond dashing off an
email reply without carefully thinking about how, or what, you are
saying. Even if the basic intent and content is what you wanted to say,
have you really said it in a way that your conversation partner will
understand, or will they misconstrue your meaning?

How many one line, short-form emails have you received in response to
a complex initial correspondence, and if you’re anything like me, you
looked at it and thought to yourself, ‘what the hell is this suppose to
mean.’ We’ve got a conversation going all right, but have we really
attained communication.

The Meaning of Life or At Least Web Conversation

Now here’s the interesting thing. I never actually read ‘The Cluetrain
Manifesto’, but I did hear it. Knowing that I would be laid-up for a few
days, bored to death, with nothing to do, but too comatose to really
concentrate on reading a book, I purchased one of those audiocassette
books at the local mall. I had no idea what I was buying, but it sounded
interesting, after all the cover said ‘the end of business as usual’ which
really appealed to my unconventional, contrary nature.

So I bought it, and it was a revelation, an epiphany. Not that I agreed
with everything Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David
Weinberger had to say, but still their voices stayed with me, and are still
locked away somewhere in my head.

Breaking the Liquid Crystal Barrier

And that my friend is the message, the sound of the human voice is
powerful, and it connects to the listener on a whole different level. It
speaks the truth and connects emotionally to the listener on a very
human plane. It breaks through that liquid crystal barrier, and says,
listen to me, I’m here, I’m human, and I have something real to talk to you
about. Wow, this is good stuff. So tell me why don’t you have that human
connection imbedded in your website, delivering your message, your
story.

Forget about all the crap you’ve heard and read about bandwidth and
search engine optimization. When someone takes the trouble to visit
your website, don’t waste the opportunity. Don’t screw it up. Don’t be
afraid to say what needs to be said, in a way that will be heard. If you do
it right, your website visitors will remember what you have to say, and
that liquid crystal barrier will be broken.

Things to Take Note Of When Buying Sonic Producer

Finding a good and cheap solution for computer generated music is rather difficult. Hundreds of software are available, some of which are even available free of cost to the enthusiasts. Sonic Producer claims to stand out in this niche by providing a solid platform for all the music producing needs of a small group. The solution provides an easy to use interface which can be used to make melodious beats to go with the rest of the symphony. I will review the important characteristics of this platform outlining the advantages of such a system and the disadvantages associated.

I have used Sonic Producer for a couple of months now as a reviewer for an online music magazine. I was pointed to it by a fellow editor and I thought to give it a whirl and give my opinion on the system. The most striking feature of the system is the ability to quickly generate beats using presets available through the interface. The member’s area comes bundled with a lot of resources for learning how to make music, understand what production is all about and judging which beat is truly outstanding and which are just bad.

The site has a nice collection of video tutorials which can help you to learn how to play drums and guitar. Starting at the very beginning, the instruments are explained in details and how they behave under different touches. Most of the emulated instruments that come with the package are capable of producing good quality electronic music. Some expansive keyboards and drums are provided with the sequencers and equalizers.

I would recommend that they redo the videos from scratch. Although the audio quality is excellent in these videos they are obviously not recorded by professionals and I sometimes felt at a loss in following what they were trying to show. Being in business for more than a couple of years now, they still have not installed phone support and rely on the more mundane methods of emailing and forum support which can take time and usually left unanswered for days. In the meantime I was able to find the answers elsewhere. The web site interface needs a facelift as it looks bland compared to some of the competitors of Sonic Producer.

Launching a good platform demands that the people running the show makes support available at all times. Lacking severely in this department the website does offer an interesting mix of tools and resources for anyone who wants to learn to produce music using the old method of self study. The other factor is cost which is at the low ends of such online solutions so that may be the deciding f actor for most of the people.