Product Type: HeadsUp Design gadgets
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Great Fun But Might Drive You Cuckoo!
HeadsUp Design Coo Clock
Member Name: probablyedible
HeadsUp Design Coo Clock
Advantages: Quirky, fun, attractive, good quality.
Disadvantages: None for me but some might find it loud.
OK, so this is a clock aimed at children and I don't have any but... I cannot resist quirky, cute items and lets face it this is a very cool clock!
Heads Up is a design company based in the United States with products also available in Europe and Asia. Their clock range includes the CooClocks which are a fun modern twist on the traditional Cuckoo clock. Each clock is made in brightly coloured high-quality plastic with an animal character replacing the cuckoo, each animal makes it's own sound when it pops out on the hour.
The animals available are:
Cow, chicken, sheep, pig, monkey, horse, dog, elephant, duck and cat.
England, Germany and Italy.
The clocks have a light sensor that detects when it's dark meaning that there's no need to worry about it going off during the night. To test it there is a button on the side of the clock which makes the animal pop out and plays a sound when pressed. A pendulum also swings to mark out the seconds.
Main clock - 1 AA battery
Animal and sound - 3 D batteries.
The clock functions with just 1 AA battery if you do not want the sound and motion element.
Size: 12 x 9 x 4 inches
£32 - £40 online and instore.
I spotted the cat version of this clock on a shopping trip to Bath and loved the wacky design! The Tommy Tango MeowCoo clock is made from green plastic with blue and purple trim and a flower pendulum. On the hour the doors open and a ginger cat holding a cuckoo pops out and meows. The quality is very good and it can be wall mounted or used as mantle clock.
The sound produced is rather loud and can be heard clearly in other rooms, I thought this was fantastic but others weren't quite as convinced! There was initially some concern that it would carry on meowing throughout the night but I used the test button whilst covering the light sensor and it proved to work well. There is a ticking sound from the clock face and the pendulum also makes a slight sound but I found they were fairly quiet and not distracting.
The level of light required to allow the clock to work is difficult to measure but I would say during the spring and summer you can expect it to start working at 7 am with standard lined curtains. If you have very thin curtains be prepared for an earlier wake up call. Should this be a problem then a tiny dot of blue tack can be placed over the sensor during the night.
The batteries last quite a long time but the sound power does deplete before the main clock. Luckily as each system is independent from the other the clock will continue working without power to the animal. I think the animal batteries lasted about three months before needing replacement and the clock batteries lasted for around five. However this depends greatly on what brand of batteries you are using.
I love this entertaining and quirky clock, whenever it goes off I can't resist smiling to myself! The only possible disadvantage I can see is if a child was as enamoured with it as I am they might not be able to resist pressing the test button over and over again... Maybe hang it out of reach?
CooClocks won the UK's gift of the year for these clocks in the Best Gift For Kids category. I think this is well deserved and think they're also a great gift for adults with and active inner child.
I recommend this clock to anyone wanting a fun clock that brings a smile to your face whether you're an adult or a child.
Summary: A quirky cuckoo clock with a twist.