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Lawrence native, clock inventor, gets time on PBS

June 16, 2008

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The Anemone Clock designed by Lawrence native Aaron Tang will be featured on the second season of the PBS show "Everyday Edisons."

The Anemone Clock designed by Lawrence native Aaron Tang will be featured on the second season of the PBS show "Everyday Edisons."

Aaron Tang, a 1998 Lawrence High School graduate, had a problem.

As an undergraduate at the Rhode Island School of Design, he was often late to class because he turned off his alarm clock and went back to sleep without waking up.

It also churned the gears in the Lawrence native's brain to figure out why his alarm failed him and millions of other college students.

So, Tang, 28, who now lives in Somerville, Mass., invented the Anemone Clock, which is designed to not only beep loudly but also shake and bounce across the room. The sleeper has to chase it down just to turn it off.

For his efforts, Tang and his invention will be featured on the second season of the PBS show "Everyday Edisons." The new season will start to air in different markets beginning Thursday.

According to PBS stations in Topeka and Kansas City, Mo., viewers need access to the PBS High-Definition channel to view the show. Tang said he could appear on the first or second episode, but that he won't be featured at length until mid-July.

The show is not a competition; it details the development processes of 14 inventions and profiles the designers.

Tang still has family in Lawrence, but since he graduated he's spent his time on the East Coast. He's earned degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab. Tang works for Siemens Medical in Cambridge, Mass., but he soon will be taking a position as a senior industrial designer with a start-up company in Boston.

He thinks fondly of his hometown, and he credits growing up in the slower-paced Midwest with fueling his creative juices because he often had to invent ways to occupy his time as a youth.

"It was a great place to grow up," he said.

Aaron Tang

Comments

TheBiggestOfJims 5 years, 10 months ago

Aaron,The clock is awesome and you've done an amazing amount of things since graduating high school. I think that everyone should be happy that one of our native Lawrencians has achieved such an excellent position in our world. Continue on creating and breaking ground, I'm sure that we will all sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labors. Even if they are kinda goofy. ;)Jim

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 10 months ago

If this isn't a hit high school graduation present, the grad's family just has no "useful" sense of humor.

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atang 5 years, 10 months ago

thanks for the comments...If ya read my design process. I did put the alarm across the room, then bought a few more, then hid them in every corner, but still namaged to turn them off and get to class late.... The problem is...they are toooo easy to turn off. You don't even need to open your eyes to turn most alarms off, hence, this alarm moves around, waking your mind and eyes, and shakes you awake once you pick it up...Sound is not the only thing that wakes ya up...interaction, movement, and play!read the process here:http://www.aarontang.net/design/product_clock.htmlcheers,_tango!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 10 months ago

The mental image of this clock is hilarious.I hope he makes a fortune!

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ronwell_dobbs 5 years, 10 months ago

jaythomp11, I am humbly honored. I will do my best to live up to your exacting standards for today.ronwell

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jaythomp11 5 years, 10 months ago

ronwell_dobbs.....well played, as you are my hero of the day now. take that classclown!

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kujayhawk 5 years, 10 months ago

That's what I ended up doing...placing my alarm clock across the room.

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geniusmannumber1 5 years, 10 months ago

But is he psychic? No? Then he shouldn't be on TV.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 10 months ago

Why wasn't this Mr. Tang interviewed about "ticks", And he could have talked about chasing them across the room.

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ronwell_dobbs 5 years, 10 months ago

classclown,Please provide your resume here, as it is bound to be superior to Mr. Tang's, as you would have never missed class for any reason. Please provided a detailed description of your inventions, contributions, and exploits such as to enlighten us to the possibilities of someone who never overslept.ronwell

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classclown 5 years, 10 months ago

As an undergraduate at the Rhode Island School of Design, he was often late to class because he turned off his alarm clock and went back to sleep without waking up.It also churned the gears in the Lawrence native's brain to figure out why his alarm failed him and millions of other college students.==========================================Their alarm clocks didn't fail them. They failed themselves. They could have simply placed the clocks across the room forcing themselves to actually get out of bed to turn them off. And they could have forgone staying up late partying allowing them to be able to have had enough sleep so that they would get up when the alarm went off.

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