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 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
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 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.
- 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