Monday 28 March 2005

Alarm Clock 2.0

Continuing my theme of looking for good and innovative information technology design, the Clocky alarm clock fits into the better mouse trap category.

As reported in the Guardian, Clocky was invented by MIT Media Lab researcher, Gauri Nanda. How does it work?

"Clocky is, quite simply, for people who have trouble waking up. When the alarm clock goes off and the snooze button is pressed, Clocky will roll off the bedside table and wheel away, bumping mindlessly into objects on the floor until it eventually finds a spot to rest. Minutes later, when the alarm sounds again, the sleeper must get up out of bed and search for Clocky. This ensures that the person is fully awake before turning it off. Small wheels that are concealed by Clocky's shag enable it to move and reposition itself, and an internal processor helps it find a new hiding spot every day."

Unfortunately Clocky is only an academic research project at this time.

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