Thingamagoop Alarm Clock Mod


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Thingamagoop Alarm Clock Mod

Meet Bob. My favourite gal got me a Thingamagoop, from Bleep Labs for my birthday so I named him Bob ( after Mr. Moog ) and I’ve been listening to his chatter now and again day to day. However, I thought he’d make a really cool alarm clock, like waking up to an excited friend trying to tell you a thousand things at once, but in a good way

I also recently picked up a Neverlate Executive Alarm Clock. One of the cool features of the Neverlate Exec is that you can run audio in which it will play through it’s speaker as your alarm.

So I added a switch for Bob’s LEDacle ( can’t have him strobing all night ) and I added a 9 volt adapter jack which runs to the battery leads so I can power him from an adapter. Now I turn him on, switch off his LEDacle, run his 1/4″ to the Neverlate’s 1/8″ input and he wakes me up in the morning, bleeping and blooping depending on the sunlight ( the Neverlate will also increase volume of the alarm if you try to ignore it, or don’t hear it ).

While not the most difficult of mods by far I found it tons of fun! So here’s how it goes.

Parts List

Tools

  • Soldering iron
  • Wire cutters
  • Drill
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Unibit ( this is not required but makes drilling alot easier ), Small Bear Electronics

Step 1

First take your Thingamagoop apart by removing the two screws on each side. The back then slides out, careful as there is a ribbon connector which is hard wired and should be handled delicately. I love gadgets that come apart so easily.

Step 2

I installed the jack at the back of the Thingamagoop just below and beside the battery. Start drilling with a very small bit and move up in size until the unibit fits in, then enlarge the hole with the unibit.

 

Then solder two 6″ lengths of wire to the jack, there are two positive leads and one negative lead, solder black wire to the negative lead and red wire to either of the positive leads. These wires should be long enough to reach the top of the Thingamagoop where the battery leads are.

Step 3

Next solder the positive red wire to the positive battery lead on top of the circuit board above the battery. In turn solder the negative black wire to the negative battery lead on the same circuit board. If you’re confused as to which is which, look at the sides of a battery and then plug the battery in and see which side is positive and which is negative. The jack is now installed and your Thingamagoop should be able to run off any standard 9 vold adapter, as well as a battery.

Step 4

Now drill a hole for the switch, I put the switch on top beside the LEDacle, which actually turned out to be a bad idea since it is a little big on the inside and I had to trim the leads for Bob to fit back together. Sooooo look around as to where you can maybe fit this switch better. Again drill a small hole and work up to the unibit. Then unsolder either of the LEDacle leads from the circuit board and solder it to the center lead on the switch.

Then cut a 3″ length of wire and solder it to the circuit board where you unsoldered the LEDacle lead. Solder the other end of this wire to one of the remaining leads on the siwtch, doesn’t matter which.

Step 5

  • Put your Thingamagoop back together
  • Plug your Thingamagoop into the wall beside your Neverlate Exec Alarm Clock
  • Plug the output of your Thingamagoop into the AUX input of the clock using the 1/4″ to 1/8″ cable, or using a cable and an adapter
  • Set the input of the clock to AUX ( read the Neverlate manual )
  • Turn off the LEDacle using your new switch
  • Turn on your Thingamagoop
  • Set your alarms ( read the Neverlate manual )

You should be able to test the whole thing by selecting the AUX input and turning on the radio of the alarm clock. You’re all done, you can now wake up to your Thingamagoop bleeping on about this or that.

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