Tuesday, April 12, 2005

My Biological Alarm Clock

This was in the Newspaper today

It's called "clocky" and for those who love to press the "snooze" button, well, the clock has wheels and rolls away to a different spot each time, so you HAVE to get up.

If you snooze, you lose your hiding clock

By Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press
April 12, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Before you hit the snooze button a second time on this alarm clock, you'll have to hunt it down.

The shag carpet-covered robotic alarm clock on wheels, called Clocky, rolls away and hides.

The clock is the invention of Gauri Nanda, a graduate student - and occasional oversleeper - who works in the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

''I've been known to hit the snooze bar for a couple hours, wake up two hours later and be completely shocked,'' said Nanda, 25.

She made a prototype for Clocky from foam, a pair of wheels and a circuit board connected to small motors.

''It is programmed to tell the motors to move randomly, to generate random speeds and directions so that the clock ends up in a new place every day,'' she said.

Clocky gained attention after it was noticed by bloggers. Nanda's adviser, V. Michael Bove, Jr., said hundreds of people interested in buying or selling the clocks have called and e-mailed.

MIT owns the intellectual property rights to Clocky and other student inventions, but Bove said Nanda would receive a ''significant share'' of any revenue generated by its sale.

And before you think "oh wow, letti's extravagant!", well, I DON'T have one of those. What I have instead, is THIS waking me up with mega whimpering every morning.

Well, he's the right colour and he's furry too.


FT said...

I saw this and wanted one for my son. He hit the snooze button on his alarm a record 12 times the other day. Needless to say he didn't make it to his appointment. I never set my alarm anymore. My two dogs insist on being fed at 5:30 every morning. They also use the whining and cold nose routine! Henry is looking very cute and LARGE these days!!!

Hannah said...

I think I need one of those! :-)

ashleymclure said...

I like your version better, though I'm sure that those without a Henry would benefit from clocky.

pinky pinkerson said...

I read about this a little bit ago and thought it was a great idea - the alarm clock you have to chase around the room!

Laura.Y said...

cool alarm clock! hehehe, of course the whining and cold wet lick sort of alarm works just as well LOL

Christine said...

I'm such a light sleeper I don't need one of those! But it's funny looking, isn't it? lol

Jin said...

Ahh, the joys of being a dog-owner. :)

*~*HollyMarie*~* said...

I wish I had an alarm clock like you do, a PUPPY!! lol...I have wanted a dog for years, but my parents won't get one b/c we travel so much that the puppy would just get in the way. :'(
I'll eventually get one.

Me and my "Squishy" are doing GREAT!!! I have never felt like this before. I'm on cloud 9! EEEKKKK!!!!

Well, I should go! Tata!!

*~*God Bless*~*

Kerri Rachelle said...

I'm not sure Henry will be much different when he grows up! Our boxer, Buster, still wakes us up at 5:30 EVERY morning so we can let him out to function.

KEF said...

I think I would appreciate that Clocky :) :) :)

Letti, buy one for me :D

Animesh said...

Wow! I want one of those!!!!
And hey, the doggie looks menacing in that pic!

Monica said...

I like the Henry Clock better!!!

SiaoChaBoa said...

Hey.. Letti,
i like one of yours better.. :) Still no picture of david for us..??

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anna. said...

Oh OH OH!! I WANT ONE! Damn! I was supposed to get up at like 11 am today, but ended up dragging myself out of bed at 1. And my alarm doesn't even havea snooze button! I kept resetting it to every half hour or so and going back to sleep.

It would probably have taken me less effort to just get up, but well.. :D

letti said...

My Adventures in the US of A

i thought the Clocky was a roll of cake with wheels. LOL.
yuni | 04.12.05 - 8:31 pm | #

Gravatar i really thought you bought that clocky thingy!! haha. henry looks so cute!! and his nose!!
Michelle | Homepage | 04.12.05 - 9:36 pm | #

Gravatar Have to say up till now my internal clock has never let me down. It always trips my wife out when I get up every time 10mins. before the alarm goes off.
Raven | Homepage | 04.13.05 - 3:26 am | #

henry is smiling in the photo!
dreaming-neko | Homepage | 04.13.05 - 5:17 am | #

Gravatar Oi, how weird, you've got a smiling doggy.... hehehe. Now, I absolutely need one of these clocks... the puppy isn't enough to wake me up... a single 'sschhh' and he's outta there... lol
kay | Homepage | 04.13.05 - 7:28 am | #

Gravatar Oh i always hit the snooze button,at the moment i have bulldozers waking .
Lucky you Letti bcoz ,you have a cute loyal friend to wake you cheers
sweets | Homepage | 04.13.05 - 12:17 pm | #

Gravatar I would much rather be woken up with pooch whimpering too! that alarm clock is very strange.
Sharron | Homepage | 04.13.05 - 4:37 pm | #

Gravatar I agree with Sharron, I would rather have a loving pooch to wake me. Although I do have a kitty that yowls after the alarm goes off the first time. And she doesn't stop until you open the door to show that you are up.
Thao | Homepage | 04.14.05 - 8:02 am | #

Awww lol I love that pic of Henry. He is truly smiling! How odd!
Ria | Homepage | 04.15.05 - 10:16 am | #




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