The Talking Teaching Alarm Clock is supposed to teach your little tykes how to tell the time. We think there ought to be a model which teaches them how to smell the roses instead, but maybe we’re just incurable romantics. We’re also not sure how a complicated digital/analogue interface coupled with ‘five levels of difficulty’ is really the best way to make ‘em love the idea of recording the passage of their swiftly vanishing youth. Sigh. $49.95.
The clock displays a random analog time on a high-contrast LCD and asks, “What time is it?” in a clear female voice. Children can check their answers by pressing a button that prompts the clock to speak the correct time and display the digital equivalent. The clock is preprogrammed with five levels of difficulty, beginning with only round hours (three o’clock) and progressing to more difficult-to-learn times.