Butrflynet, I can refer to the technical definition of spam, and its definition in spirit, until this whole thread turns into nothing but mindless bantering. It won't matter, because you've already ignored it repeatedly and seem intent upon hijacking the thread. Let me repeat myself: Please get off of my thread. I don't want it to be filled up with your petty fanaticism, one-sided accounts of random web searches, or anything from your moniker -- at all. If there's anything here that fits the definition of spam, it is your deliberately obfuscating posts. As a response to your clever suggestion to visit manufacturer sites, I'll just mention that I examined product manuals that before posting. Besides that, your so called suggestion completely sidetracks the intent of the original post -- recall that I've already observed this of your past posts. Since I've already followed your advice, I think it only fair that you follow a suggestion of mine (other than staying off my thread): seek professional help for your single-minded, trigger-happy, shoot-first (and second, and third) maligning ways. Your toxic help is not welcome on my thread. I'm not sure how much clearer I can make this.
I hope I can redirect this thread back to its intended topic.
I'll tentatively make reference to some of my web rompings from before my initial post here, and hopefully not break any rules of decency or good taste for this forum. The most helpful was http://alarm-clocks-review.toptenreviews.com,
and the one that looked really promising with #2. I read some Amazon reviews, however, and found that some people had issues with the volume controls, and there is some indication that either they were not as independent has one would like, or the wakeup volume just wasn't adequate under the desired modes of operation. One rather unique bonus was that you could turn off the display of time, but some reviews made me doubt if you could really do that both on the wall/ceiling and the LED display. Besides, that feature doesn't make up for insufficiently independent volume controls.
About bed-shaker wakeup devices, I'm in fact trying to wake up gently, hence the escalating volume (or I suppose it has also been termed gradual wakeup). Due to various commitments, I find it hard enough to get a decent 6 hours of sleep; under such a contraint, I find it better to wake up gently sleep deprived is than to be violently jarred awake, sleep deprived.
Currently, I use my cell phone, but I am concerned about all these crank calls that have come in. Thankfully, no crank calls very early thus far, but on weekends, some can come in during the morning -- prime time for ameliorating the sleep deficit. The only way to avoid them is to turn off the cell, but that's not OK for the weekdays (not because I get important calls, but because I need the alarm). Buying a new cell phone doesn't make sense because I hardly use the one I have now; for that reason, a smartphone would make even less sense. That's why, as this thread is entitled, I set out to find an actual clock radio, which also has the benefit of actually sounding better.
About gradual illumination, I tend to wake up late when the sun is up, so I use eye shades. I really am trying to find a gradaully escalating audio solution. As for robots that scurry around and make you chase them in order to silence them......sounds entertaining and cute, but I'd rather go gentle on the waking up.
As for inventing my own...that would be an interesting hobby when I've gotten on top of other commitments. Right now, I'm seeking a commercial solution -- streamline optimum design in terms of compactness, portability, user-friendliness, etc.