TalkO’Clock is a new wake-you-up-in-the-morning iniative to bring wake-up calls into the digital age. Or something. How does it do that exactly? TalkO’Clock markets itself as a peer-to-peer social alarm clock. The thought behind it is that the best way to wake up in the morning is to have a living, breathing, person on the other end of a phone line to make sure you heard the alarm and got up, and TalkO’Clock will set you up with a complete stranger who is willing to do just that.
When you sign up with TalkO’Clock, you give them your phone number, which they will store on their end. From there, you can either set an alarm (and specify the gender of the caller), which then registers it in a public list, or you can look through the public list of alarms and pick one you want to call. When the time comes, TalkO’Clock initaites the call between the two participants — without sharing either phone number with the other — and you get to wake someone up with “Rise and shine, time to get up” or “Feet on the floor” or “AHHHHHHHHHHHH,” or whatever you feel like. If no strangers are available, you’ll get a call from the CallO’Bot.
It’s a pretty novel idea, one that I might be interested to try simply to sample the variety of ways in which one can be woken up. it also seems like it might be interested to schedule a call for mid-day, just to see what happens. It’s not a particularly necessary innovation, but it’s certainly a cool way to connect people in an interesting fashion. No telling if people will find a way to troll their wake-up calls, but I suppose that’s part of the fun. Someone screaming in your ear the second you get up, or reciting a black magick incantation to you is going to wake you up better than your standard ringtone, even if it puts you on edge for the rest of the day.