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Clocks, Timers, and Alarms


There are many kinds of clocks and alarms.


About Clocks, Timers, and Alarms 


Clocks, timers, and alarms are helpful tools for maintaining a daily schedule. The most common types of clocks are analog or digital. Analog clocks usually have a round shape and two “hands” that move. Digital clocks have a screen with numbers that light up. However, there are lots of other tools and options to help you tell time!

What kinds of clocks, timers, and alarms are there?

Talking Clocks

Talking clocks allow you to push a button and hear the time spoken aloud. They are available in many different sizes and styles, including watches and keychains. Companies like TelTime and Reizen make these devices for people who are blind or have low vision. Some voice-controlled alarm clocks, like Reminder Rosie, also offer the ability to record messages.

Vibrating Alarm Clocks

Companies like SonicAlert and Serene Innovations make extra loud alarm clocks that have vibrating and flashing features for the Deaf. This can be paired with a bed shaker accessory to help wake you.

Vibrating Watches

Products such as the WatchMinder or ReVibe offer daily reminders accompanied by vibrations. You can set repeating alarms at regular intervals​ to help with focus and attention.

Wake-Up Light Alarm Clocks

These clocks use light instead of, or in addition to, sound. Companies like Phillips, Hatch, and Lumie make these devices. They are sometimes called sunrise alarms.

Visual Timers

Visual timers show you wedges of color to help you understand how much longer is left. You can find these from companies like Time Timer​ or as apps. You can also buy hourglass timers filled with sand for a visual cue without an alarm. You might need more than one since they are not adjustable; each hourglass holds a set amount of sand.

Related Apps


  • Clock – the built-in clock app on your smartphone or tablet can set alarms and act as a timer or stopwatch.
  • Focus To Do – timer app with a habit tracker, reminders, and lists​. Allows you to account for how long tasks will take.
  • Flipd – live study timer, music and ambient noise, and community challenges​.
  • Visual Timer

How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


visual timers, talking clocks, clocks for the blind, alarm clock for the deaf, vibrating watch


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?