The Digital Zen Alarm Clock

The Digital Zen Alarm Clock
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The Digital
Zen Alarm Clock
Version 2.0
for a progressive awakening
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The Digital Zen Alarm Clock V.2.0
by
Now & Zen
®
quality of thought, stillness of being
Zen Clocks are the creation of Steve McIntosh
UTILITY PATENT PENDING
Designed in Boulder and made in Shen Zhen, China
by Now & Zen, Inc. P.O. Box 110, Boulder, CO 80306
(800) 779-6383 • e-mail: [email protected]
w w w. n o w - z e n . c o m
The names “Digital Zen Alarm Clock,” “Zen Clock,”
“Now & Zen,” and the phrase “for a progressive
awakening” are trademarks of Now & Zen, Inc.
© 2005 Now & Zen, Inc.
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CONTENTS
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“Balloon Help” Diagram of Control Panel Functions 4
I. Instructions for Use
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Getting Started and Setting the Time
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Setting the Alarm Time
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Adjusting the Sound of the Chime
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Countdown Mode
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Repeat Mode
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Chime on the Hour Function
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Programming Times
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Alarm Terminal Cycle
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Power
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Clock Display Light
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Care of Your Digital Zen Alarm Clock
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II. Suggested Uses and Design Principles
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Progressive Awakening
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Using the Clock for Dreamwork
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Using the Clock for Affirmations
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Using the Clock for Meditation
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Using the Clock for Yoga and Other Practices
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The Digital Zen Alarm Clock’s Design Principles 24
III. Now & Zen Guarantee and Limited Warranty
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IV. About Now & Zen
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The "REPEAT MODE"
button changes the
countdown function so
that the clock strikes
only once when the
countdown timer
reaches zero and then
automatically begins
counting down again at
the programmed countdown time.
The "SET ALARM
TIME" button allows
the alarm time to be set
to the minute. It also
allows the chime strike
force to be set at “Hi”
or “Lo”. Once the
desired alarm time and
strike force have been
set, pressing the "SET
ALARM TIME" a second time exits the set
mode and sets the
alarm time and strike
force.
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The "COUNTDOWN MODE"
button changes the
clock into a timer.
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Pressing the "SET" button once
causes the programmable hour
and minute numbers to begin
flashing so they can be set to
the correct time (seconds can
only be programmed in the
countdown mode).
The “SECONDS
ON/OFF” button turns
the seconds display off
and on when in the
regular clock mode.
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The “SECOND/
LIGHT ON/OFF” sets the
seconds in the Countdown
Set mode, and turns the
LCD light on and off when
the clock is plugged-in.
Alarm Time. A small
bell icon appears on
the left when activated.
Chime on the Hour
Function Icon.
Activated by holding down the
“SET” button for 3
seconds.
Icons indicate active
mode functions.
In the Clock mode this large
button activates the alarm and
turns it off, both before and
after the alarm is triggered.
Indicates whether the chime
strike force is set to strike the
chime on the “Hi” or “Lo” setting. This feature is only visible when the "SET ALARM
TIME" button is pressed.
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In the Countdown and
Repeat modes this large
button begins and pauses
the timer when pressed
once. Resets timer when
held down for 3 seconds.
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I. INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
There are three modes in which the clock can operate:
1) clock mode (default)
2) countdown mode
3) repeat mode
The clock can also be set to chime once exactly on the
hour (when the alarm is not set).
Getting Started and Setting the Time
The Digital Zen Alarm Clock is easy to operate. First,
remove the phillips head screw securing the battery door
on the bottom of the clock and install 2 “AA“ size 1.5 volt
alkaline batteries (not included). Be sure to install the
batteries as shown on the inside of the battery case.
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When the batteries are installed or the AC jack is
plugged in, the clock “powers up” displaying the time at
12:00.00 PM. Pressing the “SET” button once causes
the programmable hour and minute numbers to begin
flashing so they can be set to the correct time (seconds
can only be programmed in the countdown mode).
Setting the Alarm Time
The “SET ALARM TIME” button allows the alarm
time to be set to the minute. Once the desired alarm
time has been set, pressing the “SET ALARM TIME”
a second time exits the set mode and sets the alarm
time. The alarm is activated by pressing the large
“ALARM ON/OFF” button once. When the alarm is
activated a small bell icon appears in the upper left corner of the clock’s display. When the clock’s time reaches the alarm time and activates the alarm, the chime
strikes begin their 10 minute progression by striking
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once, then striking again in 3 minutes and 48 seconds,
then in 2 minutes and 21 seconds, etc.—however, the
exact second of each strike in the progression may vary
slightly. (The chart below shows the 10 minute chime
progression.)
Adjusting the Sound of the Chime
The clock includes both a high and a low setting for the
force of the chime strike—the “Lo” setting produces a
softer strike than the “Hi” setting, although the differ10 Minute Progression
of Chime Strikes
First
Strike
Intervals between chime
strikes in minutes
and seconds
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Terminal
Cycle
Chime
Strike
Every
5 Seconds
ence in the sound is subtle. When you initially power
up the clock (either with batteries or with the AC
adapter plug), the strike force setting is automatically
set at “Lo”. To change the strike force to “Hi”, press
the “SET ALARM TIME” button; you will then see
the letters “Lo” in the lower right corner of the display
window; then press the “SECOND/LIGHT ON/OFF”
button to toggle the setting between “Hi” and “Lo”.
In addition to the high and low strike force options, the
sound of the chime can be adjusted further by moving
the chime’s position on the string relative to the tip of
the striker. To adjust the chime to its “sweet spot,” set
the countdown timer in repeat mode so that it is striking repeatedly every 10 seconds (see the “balloon help”
chart on pages 4-5 for more information on the repeat
mode). As you listen to the continuous strikes, adjust
the position of the chime bar on the string by moving it
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mized. The string is strong so you don’t need to worry
about breaking it.
Countdown Mode
The “COUNTDOWN MODE” button changes the
clock into a timer. Once in countdown mode, the
“SET” button allows the countdown time to be set to
the second. When the countdown timer reaches “zero”
seconds, the clock strikes once and begins its pre-programmed 10 minute gradual chime strike progression.
That is, after the initial strike, the next strike occurs 3
minutes and 48 seconds later, etc. Chime strikes then
continue according to the Golden Mean progression
charted at left. (See page 26 for an explanation of the
significance of the Golden Mean.)
When in the countdown mode, pressing the large
“ALARM ON/OFF” button once begins the countdown, pressing the large button a second time pauses
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the countdown, pressed a third time, the countdown
resumes. Holding the countdown button down for 3
seconds resets the timer to the programmed countdown
time.
Repeat Mode
When the clock is in the countdown mode, pressing the
“REPEAT MODE” button changes the countdown
function so that the clock strikes only once when the
countdown timer reaches zero seconds and then automatically begins counting down again at the programmed countdown time. When in the repeat mode
the clock will continuously countdown to zero seconds,
strike once, and repeat the programmed countdown.
As in the regular countdown mode, pressing the
“ALARM ON/OFF” button once pauses the the countdown, pressed a second time this large button resumes
the repeating countdown.
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Chime on the Hour Function
Holding down the “SET” button for three seconds
(when the alarm is not set) will activate the hour chime
function. This causes the chime to strike once on the
hour, every hour. When the hour chime function is
activated, a small “grandfather clock” icon appears in
the upper left of the display. Holding down the “SET”
button again for three seconds turns off the hour chime
function and its icon (when the “SET button is held
down, the digits will flash, this is normal). When the
alarm is activated, the hour chime function is automatically turned off until the alarm is turned off (so you can
sleep!).
increasing speed. Other buttons will do nothing until
the “SET” button is pressed once again, which then
causes the programmed time, countdown interval, or
alarm time to be entered into memory.
Programming Times
In any mode, pressing the “SET” or “ALARM SET”
button once will cause the display to flash. The hour,
minute, and second button will cause those digits to be
advanced forward. If the hour, minute or second buttons are held down, the digits will change at a gradually
Power
If the clock is unplugged, or there is an AC power failure, the batteries automatically continue to power all
operations. If the batteries are removed when the clock
is plugged in, all memory items are retained. Chime
strikes use power; we thus recommend that the chime
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Alarm Terminal Cycle
When the alarm function is triggered in the clock or
countdown modes, the alarm progresses over ten minutes until it is striking about every 6.5 seconds. Once
the progression reaches the “terminal cycle” it continues
to chime every 6.5 seconds until it is shut off by pressing the large “ALARM ON/OFF” button once. The
terminal cycle automatically ends after five minutes.
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on the hour function be used for long periods only
when the clock is plugged in. Alkaline batteries are
recommended.
Clock Display Light
When powered by batteries the display light comes on
for 10 seconds when any of the clock’s buttons are
pressed. Under battery power only, the light automatically goes off to save power. When plugged-in the light
stays on continuously unless the “SECOND/LIGHT
ON/OFF” button is pressed to turn off the display
light. In other words, the light is turned on or off by
the “SECOND/LIGHT ON/OFF” button when
plugged-in. This button also functions as the seconds
set button for the countdown or repeat mode times.
Care of Your Digital Zen Alarm Clock
The Digital Zen Alarm Clock is designed for indoor use
only. Keep it out of prolonged direct sunlight and free
from excessive dust, dirt or moisture. Clean the clock
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with a dry cloth. Never use detergents, furniture polishes, or oils on your clock as these liquids may come
into contact with the clock’s internal circuitry and cause
a malfunction.
II. SUGGESTED USES AND
DESIGN PRINCIPLES
Progressive Awakening
It would be nice if we could wake up every morning
without an alarm. We fall asleep gradually, and it
seems only natural that a gentle awakening is best for
our physical and mental well-being. Some people wake
up naturally at the same time every morning without
any outside stimulus. But for most of us, an alarm
clock is essential. The natural desire for a gradual
awakening accounts for the popularity of “snooze buttons” on alarm clocks. But even the minimal effort
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rience of waking up gradually. The benefits of a more
natural “progressive awakening” include better dream
recall, prolonged alpha brain wave activity (in which
you can make powerful suggestions to your preconscious mind), as well as a general feeling of being
refreshed after a good night’s rest.
The Digital Zen Alarm Clock can be used simply as a
pleasant way to wake up. However, the highly resonant sound of the pure tone acoustic chime and its
unique computerized progression, as well as its countdown and repeat functions, allow the clock to be used
in dreamwork, personal affirmations, meditation, yoga,
and for group meetings. These suggested uses are discussed below.
Using the Clock for Dreamwork
The Digital Zen Alarm Clock can help you remember
and use your dreams in two basic ways: First, by not
abruptly interrupting your dreams and allowing your
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dreaming mind to “finish the dream;” and secondly, by
giving you the time between chimes to lie in bed undisturbed when you are first awakened, so you can recall
your dreams.
Depending on how deeply you are sleeping when the
clock's alarm is triggered, it may take several chimes of
the Digital Zen Alarm Clock to arouse you from a
dreaming state, or you may be awakened by the first
chime. But even if the first chime does wake you, it is
possible to resume or re-enter a dream from which you
are marginally awakened if you are allowed to return to
the dream without further disturbance. The interval
between the first and second chimes can provide a period of time for you to reach a cathartic conclusion to
your dream. Preventing the abrupt interruption of your
dreams acts to preserve your dream experiences, and
maximizes the psychic benefits to be derived from
improved memory of your dreams.
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There is general agreement among dream researchers
that “natural” awakening (as opposed to using a clock
radio or buzzer alarm) aids in dream retention and
understanding. The Digital Zen Alarm Clock comes
closer to providing a natural awakening than practically
any other wake-up aid. For best results, as you are
falling asleep at night, resolve that your first thought
upon waking will be the recollection of your dream.
Whether or not you are in the middle of a dream when
the chime wakes you, your best dream memories will be
available in your first moments of waking consciousness. Before opening your eyes or moving, lie quietly
and try to remember your dream. Recall the sequence
of events and the most vivid images. When you have a
conscious memory of your dream, you are ready to
open your eyes and get up. Keeping a notebook by
your bed to write down your dream memories can also
be helpful. Discovering the value of your dream life
can be richly rewarding.
Using the Clock for Affirmations
In between the sleeping state and the waking state is a
state of deep relaxation known as the Alpha State in
which your subconscious or “preconscious” mind can be
positively influenced with “affirmations,” or positive
statements to yourself. An affirmation is a specialized
technique of stating a goal to yourself in a way that reprograms your preconscious mind for improved performance. Affirmations are most effective when they are
expressed as statements of fact or convictions written
down in your own language. Your affirmations should be
personal, positive and in the present tense. If your goal
is to become a better parent, for example, effective affirmations may include: “I am balanced in my expressions
of discipline and understanding toward my children.” or
“When I demonstrate love and compassion to my kids,
they learn to show love and warmth to each other.”
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To use your Digital Zen Alarm Clock for affirmations,
formulate and write down an affirmation that will
improve your life. Before you go to bed, read the affirmation to yourself and resolve to remember it when you
first wake up. When you are awakened by the Digital
Zen Alarm Clock’s chime, lie quietly in bed before moving or opening your eyes and repeat your affirmation to
yourself three times. The chances are good that your
brain will be in an Alpha State during the first few
chimes of the clock. If you do nothing to disturb this
“freshly awakened” state, your affirmations will be most
effective and you should achieve your desired results.
Like dreamwork, improving your life through alpha
wave techniques can be accomplished without the use of
the Digital Zen Alarm Clock. But using the clock makes
the process easier and more fun.
Using the Clock for Meditation
Beyond the psychological inquiry into dreams or the
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self-improvement techniques of affirmations lies the
ancient and sacred practice of meditation. Some form
of meditation is practiced in every major world religion.
Yogis, Christian mystics, Zen Buddhists, Quakers,
practitioners of the Kabbala, and Secular Humanists,
all experience the benefits of meditation. The Digital
Zen Alarm Clock is an “accoutrement to meditation.”
It can be used in a variety of ways to aid your practice
and encourage you to “make time” to meditate. The
first and most basic use of the Digital Zen Alarm Clock
in your meditation practice is as a signal of the end of
your allotted meditation time. If you want to meditate
for 20 minutes, simply set the countdown timer for 20
minutes, press the large nautilus shell button, and begin
your meditation. When the countdown timer reaches
zero and the first chime strikes you can choose to end
there or continue your meditation for about three and a
half minutes until the next chime, or even longer.
Many meditators find that a “three and a half minute
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warning” is a perfect interval in which to gradually conclude their longer meditations. The first chime signals
the final phase of the meditation and the second chime
its conclusion. The beauty of the chime is that it compliments rather than disturbs the meditative state while
acting as an effective timer. No matter how you use it,
the sonic clarity of the chime provides an appropriate
conclusion to your stillness.
The Digital Zen Alarm Clock can also be more actively
incorporated into your meditation practice as a form of
“mantra” or “yantra.” Mantra is a sanskrit word which
means “mental protection.” In Eastern meditation traditions, a mantra takes the form of a word or sound which
is chanted to occupy the mind and keep disturbing
thoughts from distracting the meditator. A yantra is used
in Eastern meditation traditions as an image upon which
the meditator concentrates until it “disappears.” The
chime can be used as a sort of external mantra or sonic
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yantra. The clock’s countdown mode repeat function
allows the chime to sound repeatedly at any set period so
that as the chime repeats, it brings you back to the focal
point of concentration. Bells and chimes are used in both
Eastern and Western meditation traditions. In the
Christian monastic tradition, the ringing of the bell during meditation reminds the practitioners to return to the
object of worship. Similarly, Zen monks have used
gongs and “mindfulness chimes” to begin their meditations and during meditation to bring them out of their
mental processes back to the stillpoint of tranquility.
Using the Clock for Yoga and Other Practices
Practitioners of disciplines such as yoga, or reiki often
find that a periodic chiming timer is the perfect signal to
change positions (or phases of the practice) at a pre-set
interval. Using the Digital Zen Alarm Clock’s countdown repeat function in such practices adds not only to
the precision and efficiency of the session, but also to its
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aesthetic value. Because the Digital Zen Alarm Clock’s
soothing “B tone” chime has been tuned with the same
Pythagorean method as the specialized tuning forks used
by musical therapists (see the next section), its long-resonating sound helps create a calm environment in which
practitioners can get the most out of their discipline.
Also, because the Digital Zen Alarm Clock’s appearance
is aesthetically pleasing, it can be placed on an altar or
other prominent location where it can add to the visual
beauty of the practice environment.
The Digital Zen Alarm Clock’s Design Principles
The Digital Zen Alarm Clock has been designed
according to principles of universe harmony. Some of
the esoteric design principles shall remain the secret of
the Clock’s creator. Others are discussed below.
The Chime’s Pythagorean Tuning
Depending on which model you have, The Digital Zen
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Alarm Clock’s chime sounds either a “B” note or and
“E” note, both of which have been tuned according to
the method developed by the ancient Greek master
Pythagoras. The Clock’s B or E notes, however,
vibrate at different frequencies than their equivalent
notes on a modern piano. Modern tuning methods
facilitate musical composition, but they compromise the
enchanting and therapeutic quality—the purity—of the
naturally occurring tones discovered by Pythagoras.
As a result of its “natural” tuning, the Digital Zen
Alarm Clock’s tone reflects the vibrations of nature—
the motion of the planets and the frequencies of life.
Studies indicate that certain sounds can actually stimulate our nervous systems and charge our brains.
Gregorian chants, for example, have been shown to
energize the brains of both the chanting monks as well
as those who listen to the chants. Because of its
Pythagorean tuning, the Digital Zen Alarm Clock’s
chime may produce a subtle charging effect on your
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mind.
The Chime’s Golden Mean Progression
The Digital Zen Alarm Clock’s progressive chiming
function (activated by either the alarm or the countdown timer) takes place over about 10 minutes. This
progression is measured from the first strike of the
chime until the clock reaches its terminal cycle of continuous chiming, about every 6.5 seconds. The
sequence of chime strikes within this initial 10 minute
cycle is designed to approximate the “Golden Mean.”
The Golden Mean, also known as the “Divine
Proportion,” is a special relationship between any given
whole and a specific part thereof. Nature uses the
Golden Mean as its formula for creation.
The simplest expression of the Golden Mean is in the
division of a line: A line with a given length is divided
into a small part and a large part. The relationship of
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the small segment of the line to the large segment of the
line is in the same proportion as the relationship of the
large segment to the line as a whole.
The Golden Mean has been used since ancient times by
artists, architects and designers to express harmony and
balance. The beauty of the Golden Mean is that all
three parts—the small part, the large part, and the
whole—are in perfect proportion with each other.
Nature uses this divine proportion to grow from within
itself. Golden Mean relationships are everywhere in
nature—from the human body to the solar system. The
progressive sequence of the Digital Zen Alarm Clock’s
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chime expresses the Golden Mean by dividing the 10
minute time “line” into smaller and smaller Golden
Mean ratios. The first chime divides the line at 3 minutes and 48 seconds. The next chime divides the large
part of the original division (the remaining 6 and a half
minutes of the 10 minute cycle) by the same ratio. The
process continues as illustrated below.
The interval between chime strikes thus diminishes
from within itself according to the Golden Mean. The
self-accumulating growth which is the essence of the
Golden Mean finds its most elegant natural expression
in a “golden spiral.” Nautilus shells, galaxies,
whirlpools, and even your fist are examples of golden
spirals. The progression of the Digital Zen Alarm
Clock’s chime forms an audible golden spiral. The
clock thus echoes nature’s expression of universe harmony as it provides for a progressive awakening.
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1st
Chime
2nd
Chime
...
III. NOW & ZEN GUARANTEE AND
LIMITED WARRANTY
Your Digital Zen Alarm Clock is guaranteed against
mechanical defect for a period of 12 months from the
date of purchase provided the clock has not been misused. Now & Zen will repair or replace free of charge
any part found to be defective within the warranty period. If your clock breaks during the warranty period,
please call or write us for a return authorization number (RA#) and return instructions. It is your responsibility to ensure it is properly packaged for return, as
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any damage suffered in return shipment is not covered
by this warranty. This warranty does not include damage due to unprotected power surges, dirt, moisture, or
negligent handling. This warranty is only valid when
accompanied by a dated proof of purchase.
REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED
UNDER THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS YOUR
EXCLUSIVE REMEDY. NOW & ZEN SHALL
NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES NOR FOR ANY
DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED WARRANTY ON THIS PRODUCT.
For Warranty claims contact: Now & Zen, Inc.:
(303) 530-9028, e-mail: [email protected]
IV. ABOUT NOW & ZEN
Now & Zen, Inc. is a company formed in 1995 with the
mission of providing beautiful and useful products that
make a real difference in people’s lives. As a result of
cultural evolution, we’re becoming more discerning
about the real nature of quality. And this new appreciation of quality leads to a preference for the natural—
natural foods, natural fibers, natural materials, and even
natural sounds. By replacing artificial speaker-driven
sounds with natural acoustic sounds, Now & Zen products contribute to a more natural lifestyle. Our shorthand way of describing this lifestyle is: "quality of
thought, stillness of being."
PLEASE NOTE: NO RETURNS WILL BE
ACCEPTED WITHOUT AN RA#.
In addition to the Digital Zen Alarm Clock, Now & Zen
also makes a growing line of natural lifestyle products.
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You can see our full line by visiting our website
( www.now-zen.com ) which gives further information
on our products and mission.
For a catalog of current Now & Zen products, please call
us at: (800) 779-6383 or (303) 530-9028, send us an
e-mail at: [email protected], or write us at: P.O. Box
110, Boulder, Colorado 80306.
The Digital Zen
Alarm Clock®
The Tibetan Phone
Bell™ & Timer
And if you find yourself in Boulder, Colorado, please
stop by our downtown headquarters store on Pearl
Street. Thank you for your purchase and your
appreciation.
Sincerely,
The Zen Alarm Clock®
Steve McIntosh
Founder and President
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