What time is it? GUN O'CLOCK.

There are a number of variations on the old ‘do-something-complicated-to-turn-off-an-alarm-clock-so-that-by-the-time-you-manage-it-you’re-properly-awake’ concept, but this is one of my favourites. The brilliantly-titled Gun O’Clock requires you to use a light gun to shoot a target before the damn thing stops beepily interrupting your dreams of Slave Girl Leia.

To make things a little more complicated, there are two modes. The first will adjust the ‘snooze’ time based on how quickly you’re able to hit the target. The quicker you hit it, the longer you’ll be able to sleep for. The second mode – ‘hard mode’ – requires you to hit the bullseye five times before the alarm will stop.

Unfortunately it’s only available in Japan. Damn. But if you’re sneaky, you might be able to get one from Geek Stuff 4 U.

(via Akihabara News)

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