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Postby kanezfan11 » Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:25 am

Reuters/Yahoo! wrote:Hide-And-Seek Alarm Rousts Sleepyheads from Bed

Fri Apr 8, 8:37 AM ET
By Greg Frost

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - A 25-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology student has invented a revolutionary alarm clock that makes sleepyheads find it to quiet it.

Designed to overcome abuse of the snooze feature on most alarm clocks, Gauri Nanda's "Clocky" falls to the floor and rolls away on the first push of the snooze button.

To turn it off, a person must get out of bed and find it.

The clock features two rubber wheels and is covered in thick, 1970s-style shag carpet and other material to cushion it when it tumbles to the floor.

A built-in computer chip randomly decides how far the clock will roll, so it stops in a different place each morning.

Since word of Clocky started spreading on the Internet last month, Nanda has been deluged with e-mails from people around the world seeking to buy, sell or invest in her invention.

Among those interested in Clocky, one Belgian woman wrote that she has chronic fatigue syndrome and that not even "10 alarm clocks" can wake her up. A Virginia man said: "I think I may have the record for hitting the snooze button for five hours straight. I need help. Clocky may be my only hope."

Others have suggested improvements for Clocky.

"One guy said he wouldn't mind if it squirted water on him, which is kind of weird," Nanda told Reuters on Thursday.

Unfortunately for them, Clocky is still a research project and is not yet commercially available. But Nanda said she is putting finishing touches on a prototype and hopes to begin testing it soon with an eye toward marketing.

In the meantime, the university is helping her sort out intellectual property issues on the runaway clock.

Nanda said the carpeting was inspired by some of the household items she remembers seeing as a child.

"My parents had amplifiers that looked like they were covered in carpet," she said. "I went with it because it's unconventional looking and gives the clock a playful personality. Maybe it'll even make the user laugh."
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Postby Bennett4prez » Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:28 am

Haha. Very clever. Never would I spend money to get rid of my beloved snooze button, though. :*)
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Postby Guttpuppy » Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:47 am

That is clever but I never see it catching on as more than just a novelty.
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Postby joshyboy72 » Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:57 am

That sounds neat...but I think I'll stick with my good old snooze button as well, it is yet to fail me. (Since mine won't allow you to snooze more than 4 times.)
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Sort of looks like a meatloaf... :-? :-o

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Postby mtryanks12 » Sat Apr 09, 2005 11:13 am

It sounds cool, but I wouldn't pay the steep price tag for it. And I rarely use the snooze button anyways because I gotta get to school on time, so I can't just sleep.
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Postby disgruntledjetsfan » Sat Apr 09, 2005 11:53 am

Of course someone from MIT created it, everyone who goes there is an absolute genious...

For the clock, I see nothing about how loud it is, because my alarm clock often doesn't wake me up.
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Postby deluxe_247 » Sat Apr 09, 2005 12:38 pm

good idea in theory...i often hit my snooze a lot. but man...there is no way that ungly think would be sitting on my nightstand 8-o and what would happen if it rolled out the door to a place you couldnt hear it? i can hear your excuse at work now when you show up late from oversleeping ..."i swear boss...my alarm clock rolled out the door and i didnt hear it " :-)
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Postby hastur » Sat Apr 09, 2005 1:54 pm

Guttpuppy wrote:That is clever but I never see it catching on as more than just a novelty.


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Those sticky rubber spider thingies that 'crawled' down walls


Novelties, if marketed right, can make millions. Intellectual Property rights can make you even more millions. I predict after the novelty wears off, she will be left with enough to retire right out of college.
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Postby deluxe_247 » Sat Apr 09, 2005 2:04 pm

hastur wrote:
Guttpuppy wrote:That is clever but I never see it catching on as more than just a novelty.


Pet Rock
Rubics Cube
Those sticky rubber spider thingies that 'crawled' down walls

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hey now...i still play with a rubics cube sometimes !+) and those other things you are talking about are called "wacky wall walkers"
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Postby SwiperNoSwiping » Sat Apr 09, 2005 2:11 pm

That sounds great...I think I would get to P-O'd not being able to find the thing to shut it off. haha. I am blind as a bat without my contacts in.
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