Vibrating Alarm Clocks

(Contributed by: Cassidy P., and Dixie E.)

Technology: Vibrating Alarm Clocks

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Invented: between 1890 and 1903 (exact year unknown)

Invented by: William Edward Shaw (deaf since age 5) [1] [2]

  • Went to American School for the Deaf in Hartford, CT
  • Worked for electric companies
  • Invented in home laboratory
  • Worked with Thomas Edison
  • Admired by Alexander Graham Bell
  • Other Inventions: Talkless Telephone, Baby Monitor, Door Bell.

Purpose: This technology is intended to assist deaf people in waking-up by alarm.

How it works: In the modern versions, there is an attachment to special clocks, which will vibrate at the set time. This attachment can be a device placed under sheets or pillows, or can be in the form of a vibrating wristband. [3]

Impact: Assists in helping the legitimacy and capabilities of deaf individuals and makes everyday life easier.

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[1] Peirce, J. (1903, May 1). A Deaf Mute Electrician. The Silent Worker, 132-132.

[2] Muddy River Musings: Deaf Inventor Aids the Deaf,

[3] Deaf Alarm Clock,

Image sources:

Sonic Boom Alarm Clock ( and

Silence by Johan Brengsjo


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