Monday, March 20, 2006

Designer Promoting Rise And Shine Joy With Joysticks And Game Guns

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you’ve always wanted to shoot your alarm clock, it looks like your dream has come true.

A Spanish designer named Roger Ibars has hooked up a Nintendo light gun to a digital alarm clock for morning fun. Ibars says of his work: “What I do is hard wiring...I combine very rich culture with very boring devices.”

The combo allows the owner to set the hour and minutes on the alarm clock by shooting the Nintendo gun to the left and right, or stop the incessant beeping in the morning by pointing the gun at the clock and holding the trigger.

Another clock of his lets the user perform similar functions with an old Atari joystick.

Ibars, who has a Masters in Interaction Design, says there’s real joy to be found in joysticks. He even attached a tiny handheld game to a jumbo joystick made in Spain called Megatron because he thinks it’s “really awful that people have to play with keypads.”

Ibars’ designs can be seen at and his Nintendo gun clock is currently for sale on eBay.

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