My 10 year old sometimes sleepwalks as a side effect of his medication. We recently moved and last night he sleepwalked out of the apartment into the hallway. Fortunately, my husband was awake and was able to guide our kid back to bed. I'm looking for a recommendation for an alarm that I could set up to sound if the front door opens after a certain hour, but that preferably won't wake up all my neighbors.
posted by Nimmie Amee
on Aug 7, 2014 -
Our new commercial space is experiencing frequent false smoke alarms in one specific area of our AC ducts. The company that installed the AC system is stumped, and so is the electronic security company that installed the smoke detectors.
We've just had our ducts cleaned top to bottom but the problem persists even though we're presumably dust-free.
Any thoughts on what to try next? Engineers? Inspection services?
posted by ducky l'orange
on Jul 16, 2014 -
My SO and I are renting a house. Since moving in we have noticed that the house has an alarm system. However, the control panel does not turn on and none of the buttons do anything. We've spoken to our landlord (who lived in the house for 4+ years) and he said that he never used to alarm and doesn't know how it works.
Nothing on the alarm system says which company managed the alarm (ADT, etc..). Who can I call to get to setup the alarm (but not install a new alarm system, since I am only renting)?
posted by Spurious
on Jul 11, 2014 -
I want a device that I can attach to our front door, and if the building's alarm goes off, a signal would be relayed to an alarm outside our bedroom door. Does this kind of thing exist? [more inside]
posted by EastCoastBias
on Apr 8, 2014 -
This is possibly the dumbest/strangest question I've ever asked, but it's one of those "is it like this for everyone, or is this actually unusual?" things. Everyone has trouble getting out of bed in the morning, I know. But I experience what I can only call a drug-like chemical high while I'm lying there. [more inside]
posted by naju
on Apr 7, 2014 -
Thinking about going down the route of cancelling my home (security and fire) alarm service, and doing ... something homebrewed or similar. Questions abound. Have you done this, or something similar, or do you have useful advice for me? Specific questions and thoughts lie within. [more inside]
posted by jferg
on Mar 30, 2014 -
It's that time of year again when the REI dividend is in the air, and I am thinking about a Fitbit (though if a Jawbone is really what I want, persuade me). Criteria that are making this difficult inside. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake
on Mar 29, 2014 -
Anyone know of a Firefox or Chrome extension/utility/plugin/script etc that can monitor webpage changes every few seconds, and doesn't need to be reset every time the alert triggers? [more inside]
posted by aerotive
on Mar 17, 2014 -
I have to take medicine within a certain window every day, and while I'm getting used to it, I'd love to have an app for Android (or other great solution) with a notification that doesn't disappear until I acknowledge I've taken my medicine and that will notify me when its time to take it. If anyone knows of any app with this functionality, that'd me amazing - I've looked at alarm clock and checklist apps, but they either don't capture the time-sensitive nature of this or disappear as soon as I look at the notification. Thanks, metafilter!
posted by superlibby
on Feb 25, 2014 -
I'm getting a Fitbit Flex soon and am planning to use its silent alarm feature so my partner can keep snoozing undisturbed while I rise and shine. I'd still like to have a noisy alarm as a backup just in case, though. Is there an Android app available that can do either of the following things:
1) notices that I'm already up (via the motion sensor, or unlocking the screen) and will skip any upcoming alarms or
2) has a really quick way to skip the next alarm (say, from the notification bar or a widget on the home screen) - if I have to open the app I'm likely to forget.
I believe KitKat has feature #2 in the stock clock, but my S3 Mini is still on version 4.1.2 and I'm not sure if/when an update will be coming.
posted by Skybly
on Feb 18, 2014 -
I'm looking for an iPhone alarm app that will wake me up a specific amount of time after I enable it (8 hours in my case) and
has a snooze function. The timer function of iOS is not suitable (no snooze). The alarm clocks apps I have tried are not suitable as they require you to choose a time (e.g. 8am) not a duration (e.g. 8 hours), and those that do display the duration (e.g. Rise), don't display it until you enable the alarm. [more inside]
posted by caek
on Jan 14, 2014 -
My new condo (built 2005) has a couple of holes in the wall with pink cables coming out and another hole with random wires. [more inside]
posted by globotomy
on Nov 29, 2013 -
I want to wake up with music. What are the best music alarm apps for iPhone with a clean, modern and intuitive interface. [more inside]
posted by nevan
on Aug 18, 2013 -
We have an alarm for a door that sounds constantly while the door is open. It is run from a 9v transformer that plugs into the wall and the circuit is triggered with magnets on the door. I would like to install volume control for the alarm. Is the correct device a potentiometer? If so, how do I select the correct one? Thanks!
posted by lake59
on Jul 1, 2013 -
Since returning from a Palo Duro Canyon (Texas) trip, I’ve been torturing myself: How the heck was my iPod stolen from my car? Is there such thing as an alarm-disabling device? Is The Flash alive and well, phasing through car doors to swiftly swipe 7+-year-old iPod Nanos?
I’m anal retentive about the alarm/locks. I always set the alarm. It’s ingrained in me.
The storage compartment between the front seats was opened and left open, and the auxiliary cable and iPod were taken. The back armrest was pulled down and left down. Nothing else was gone from the car – not the few dollars stuffed into the ashtray, not my camping gear, not my delicious fruit and nut hiking snacks. [more inside]
posted by bakedbeets
on Jun 27, 2013 -
My neighbor is out of town, and her car alarm has gone off for two separate and random nights-- all night.
I have no way of contacting her, I only know she is out of town b/c the police contacted her work and found out that she is not here.
Is there anything I can do to turn it off from under the car?
I don't want to damage the car, just disconnect the alarm or something.
posted by muchalucha
on May 23, 2013 -
I bought this cheap wireless driveway alarm system
(a battery-powered motion sensor with base that beeps when someone pulls into my driveway) and one of its features is that you can connect it to "to any security system that has a two wire alarm input". I was wondering if anyone could point me to a guide for processing that output using the Arduino? I'd love to - for example - turn on a light automatically when I pull into my driveway, or send an e-mail, or other cool stuff.
posted by exhilaration
on May 14, 2013 -
I want to program my Arduino to go to sleep at 6 pm and wake back up at 5 am, and then execute a few simple functions once every hour while it's awake. I have a DS1307 real-time clock, but it doesn't have an alarm interrupt pin, so I can't just set up an external interrupt to tell the Arduino to wake when the alarm pin is set to high. What's the best way to do this without an alarm pin? [more inside]
posted by dialetheia
on Feb 12, 2013 -
I want to buy a new alarm clock radio for my bedside table as the old one keeps gaining four hours or so overnight. However when I look for one, I'm presented with your basic model ugly modern electronics
, and I have a Art Nouveau theme going on in my house. Can anyone help me find an alarm clock that will not look so absurdly out of place sitting next to my brass lampshade with the stained glass shade? I know there are brass alarm clocks, which would work aesthetically, but I can't bear to be woken up by an alarm, so while I don't have to have a radio
alarm clock I do need an alarm that won't make me hurl the clock across the room, such as something musical. I also want to be able to see the time in the dark. And no I don't have a watch with an alarm or a cellphone, and I'm not interested in getting either. Ideas?
posted by orange swan
on Jan 25, 2013 -
Sometimes, web sites go down. Our employees and clients are pretty good at noticing downtime, messaging me, and then I open a ticket with the hosting company or programmer and get it resolved. I am looking for some kind of downtime warning system. [more inside]
posted by banished
on Jan 15, 2013 -
My partner lost his car clicker for his 2001 Nissan Altima. The alarm engages when he tries to start the car. He can't disengage the alarm without the clicker. The dealership wants $300 for a new clicker, and we can't afford that. Does anyone know how to disengage the alarm so he can start the car? [more inside]
posted by jefficator
on Nov 19, 2012 -
Is there something better than the Sleeptracker watch now for waking you up when you are in the least deep part of the sleep cycle? Original Sleeptracker watch broke and I want to upgrade. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl
on Oct 7, 2012 -
I'm looking for an iOS (iPod Touch) app that will allow me to set up a whole lot of alarms like this: At 9:00 AM every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, make a noise and pop up a notice that says, "Go to Gym." [more inside]
posted by BrashTech
on Aug 4, 2012 -
Every now and then, the power fails in our garage. This wouldn't be a problem, except that's where our freezer lives. I'm looking for ideas to alert me when the power fails... [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon
on Jul 3, 2012 -
DoesThisExistFilter: Is there such a thing as a small, loud travel alarm clock that also will charge a device/provide current through a USB port? The user needs a louder alarm than provided by his cell phone (he often sleeps with ear plugs), and it would be nice to charge the phone at the same time. [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Apr 20, 2012 -
Two of my neighbors have had objects stolen from their Toyotas (three cars in total), with no signs of a break-in and no alarm going off. Aside from the obvious "perhaps someone has a copy of the keys", any suggestions as to how they're doing it? [more inside]
posted by davejay
on Apr 11, 2012 -
My small manufacturing company has suffered several security problems in the past few weeks, including one break in. How can we upgrade our security posture and harden our defenses? [more inside]
posted by diode
on Mar 13, 2012 -
Phone died. Phone is also my alarm clock. Left my charger at work. How do I make my computer into a reliable alarm clock? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse
on Feb 28, 2012 -
My googling is inadequate. I need a woman's watch, a small one, with TWO OR MORE daily alarms, for a friend who needs reminders to take her medications. I'm hoping to find a watch that costs less than $30 (the only one I can find
is $70) [more inside]
posted by anadem
on Feb 23, 2012 -
I need a free service that can send me warnings for scheduled events (birthdays, anniversaries), specs inside [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil
on Nov 15, 2011 -
I've become immune to my alarm in the morning. Help me train myself to wake up when I have to. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish
on Oct 23, 2011 -
IP Cameras or security system?
So, in a follow up to this question
, we've moved into another house, also without a security system. (Much better neighborhood, and a watchful older neighbor across the street, however) The landlord is fine with us having a security system installed. However, my dad has an IP camera installed in his house, which takes photos of movement (also can track sound) and emails them to him.
Which do you recommend - ip cameras or security system? Any suggestions for either? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl
on Oct 18, 2011 -
Is there a "Life Alert" type medical alarm that doesn't call 911 without permission? My sick relative is terrified of being taken to the hospital against his will. [more inside]
posted by ROTFL
on Jul 10, 2011 -
Completely random question: How did people wake up at a certain time before the spread of cheap, accessible clocks? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz
on Jun 3, 2011 -
The alarm on my 1995 Toyota Camry is going off for no reason! I need help figuring out why! [more inside]
posted by tonci
on Mar 26, 2011 -
I need a program that will randomly pick a time to sound an alarm without my knowing in advance. It needs to be available for Mac or iPhone -- or failing that, a physical device that I can keep around would work too. [more inside]
posted by Nattie
on Mar 1, 2011 -
My alarm system
uses one main phone line and one backup phone line to check in with the security service company by, apparently, dialing and transmitting tones to a 1-800 number. Paying $40 each month, even for two measured lines, seems quite unnecessary, if a cheaper "VOIP" replacement could help instead. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck
on Jan 19, 2011 -
Someone scammed my parents. But what, exactly, is the point of the scam? They called my mom, claiming to be from AT&T, saying that something in her house was causing interference all over the neighborhood, and that they needed to come over. They came, showed fake credentials, identified the interference as coming from my parents' security system, deactivate they system and left. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Dec 25, 2010 -
[Wristwatchfilter] Me: mid-20s male looking for the perfect men's analog wristwatch for my dainty
wrists. Easy-to-set alarm a strong plus. You: experienced in these matters and willing to share your insight. Go! [more inside]
posted by supercres
on Oct 22, 2010 -
I want a wall-mounted iphone dock. a clock would be nice, but I don't need high quality speakers. [more inside]
posted by lrodman
on Aug 17, 2010 -