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Alarming clock does not snooze

2012-04-10 21:43

Hoboken - There is no snooze button. If you unplug it, a battery takes over. As wake-up time approaches, you cannot reset the alarm time.

It could be the world's most exasperating alarm clock.

Once it goes off, to stop it you must get out of bed, go into the kitchen or bathroom, and punch the day's date into a telephone-style keypad. That's the only way to stop the loud 'ding-ding,' designed to sound like a customer angrily banging on a concierge bell at a hotel.

It was invented by Paul Sammut, a 25-year-old engineer who lives in Hoboken. During the day, he builds and researches underwater robots and vehicles at the nearby Stevens Institute of Technology.

He started working on the gadget because he was finding it hard to get up and make it to work on time after college.

"I wanted to make something that would essentially force me to get out of bed when I wanted to get out of bed the night before," said Sammut. "And I was thinking about ways of doing it and I thought about how in high school I had the perfect solution to this, which was my mother, and how she would, if it was time for me to wake up, force me out of bed."

He built the prototype in his spare time and uses it every day.

"Now I wake up before it goes off," said Sammut. "I subconsciously fear it and know I have to get up."

After a friend suggested he try and sell the device, he made a video demonstrating it, and posted that on kickstarter.com. That's a website where the general public can support creative ideas by investing in them financially.

"We raised over $150 000 over a month and a half and we currently have over 400 orders," said Sammut.

Sammut has formed a company and is now trying to fill all the clock orders by the end of the summer.

He acknowledges there is one way to stop the alarm without getting out of bed.

"You could smash it," said Sammut.

But with a $350 price tag, that would be a really expensive way to sleep in.

Comments
  • Denise - 2012-04-10 21:57

    lol ... brilliant

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-04-10 22:26

    For the lazy youth of today.

      Mark - 2012-04-11 06:48

      You sound like your father.

      Mark - 2012-04-11 06:48

      You sound like your father.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-11 08:59

      It's true though. "Back in my day, we had to be up before sunrise, and walk for one hour along railway tracks before we could get to work." "when I was your age, we didn't have fancy gizmos to remind us to wake up." "you kids of today, you have a car and all this technology, but you still can't be on time for work." Im practicing to be a father.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-11 08:59

      It's true though. "Back in my day, we had to be up before sunrise, and walk for one hour along railway tracks before we could get to work." "when I was your age, we didn't have fancy gizmos to remind us to wake up." "you kids of today, you have a car and all this technology, but you still can't be on time for work." Im practicing to be a father.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-10 22:30

    Turning people into robots. Humans tortured by machines so that they can deliver themselves to more machines.

      raath - 2012-04-11 07:08

      Geez, easy on the melodrama

      raath - 2012-04-11 07:08

      Geez, easy on the melodrama

      Denny - 2012-04-11 08:47

      Nah, don't stress it. The Zombie Apocalypse will get us before that.

      Denny - 2012-04-11 08:47

      Nah, don't stress it. The Zombie Apocalypse will get us before that.

      Glyn - 2012-04-11 12:51

      @Lacrimose - Ever thought of scripting a movie? Go to www.lulu.com and buy a book called "The Golden Toad has Croaked" for just a couple of dollars. Script that for a start.

      Glyn - 2012-04-11 12:51

      @Lacrimose - Ever thought of scripting a movie? Go to www.lulu.com and buy a book called "The Golden Toad has Croaked" for just a couple of dollars. Script that for a start.

  • lytteot7 - 2012-04-10 22:36

    Lol can the ear plugs counter that clock?

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-10 22:40

    I like an alarm clock with a snooze button on thank you very much

      Wollie - 2012-04-11 07:33

      Yes, that snooze after the snooze is lekker!

      Wollie - 2012-04-11 07:33

      Yes, that snooze after the snooze is lekker!

  • Niki - 2012-04-11 06:57

    I suspect most people who buy them plan to give them away as presents...;-)

      Lyndatjie - 2012-04-11 07:36

      Oh hell yes! I have an ex in mind who sooooooo deserves this alarm clock!

      Lyndatjie - 2012-04-11 07:36

      Oh hell yes! I have an ex in mind who sooooooo deserves this alarm clock!

      Squeegee - 2012-04-11 07:51

      Like buying toys with batteries or musical instruments for children of people you don't like..

      Squeegee - 2012-04-11 07:51

      Like buying toys with batteries or musical instruments for children of people you don't like..

      lytteot7 - 2012-04-11 09:26

      Lol employers should buy their employees who come late this clock.

      lytteot7 - 2012-04-11 09:26

      Lol employers should buy their employees who come late this clock.

  • Morgan Lloyd - 2012-04-11 08:04

    There is an iPad and blackberry app like this. It requires you to complete a puzzle before the alarm goes off.

  • Glyn - 2012-04-11 12:52

    I bet that an alarm clock without the alarm would sell better!

      Mark - 2012-04-13 10:58

      You must be the local village idiot.

      Mark - 2012-04-13 10:58

      You must be the local village idiot.

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