If you’re like me, it’s often a bit rough to wake up in the morning. Luckily, manufacturers have realized there is a market for alarm clocks beyond the standard options of radio and buzzer. My mom always used to ask me if there was an alarm that would physically take my covers away or give me an electric shock so I would actually get out of bed in the morning. Strangely, I never looked into it before, but I have found a few more options for those who are looking foran innovative way to get out of bed in the morning.
Need to plant two feet on solid ground or move around to get your “morning legs”? For you, there is the carpet alarm clock, where the only way to turn it off is to stand on it. Or, try “Blowfly,” a flying alarm clock that forces you to catch a round helicopter and return it to its station before shutting off. If you’re interested in a really frustrating option, there is the hanging alarm clock, where hitting snooze will cause the clock to move closer to the ceiling, therefore forcing you to physically jump to eventually shut it off.Your last option is “clocky” a rolling clock developed by a MIT student for a class project that could very well be the most annoying clock of the bunch. Clocky will roll off your dresser and continue to beep, chirp, and light up until you find it. Hope you’re fast.
If work or other commitments force you to wake up before the sun rises (or if you go to a school where there is no sunlight/ a Syracuse University student like myself), the Glo pillow may be the best fit for you. Not just your average pillow, it features a layer of LED woven substrate that creates the “glo.” It slowly wakes you up by increasing the light intensity gradually from 0 lux to 250 lux , therefore simulating a natural sunrise. If you’re more of an olfactory person, try Aroma, the coffee pot alarm clock, which features coffee fragrance. I don’t know about you, but I think this one would actually make caffeine addicts such as myself upset knowing that there is not any real coffee brewing.
Loud noises or bright lights may be too much for some in the morning, and therefore a worthy alternative to noisy competitors is found in “ring.” By using a plastic ring that vibrates until it is placed back onto the dock, it is a notable design for both couples and those with hearing difficulties.
If you prefer a mental challenge, there’s the puzzle alarm clock from manufacturer Bim Bam Banana. You guessed it- it’ll only shut off if you can find the puzzle pieces and reassemble them. You’ll never be late again.
And please don’t pass on the news to my mother that I did end up finding a “shocking” alarm clock that will send you a bit of an electric shock when you reach over to turn it off. All for the bargain price of $25.
All a little better than your dog licking your face in the morning. And cleaner.