The term “Sorry, I overslept” could be a thing of the past with this new version of an alarm clock.
Forget alarm clocks that fly away and make you catch them to wake you up, this ‘bed mat’ makes you stand on it for three seconds before it stops going off to prevent the increasing behaviour of ‘chronic snoozers’. Sounds much better than running frantically around my room moments after waking up…
I myself am a chronic snoozer. To the point when sometimes I’m hitting that evil snooze button for over an hour.
What the creators are calling the Ruggie works by using a pressure sensor that can detect if the sleep-deprived victim has placed both feet on it.
The Ruggie supposedly allows the user to choose how long they have to stand on it for to stop the alarm going off but surely after a day or two most people will get annoyed with it and set it to one second? Thus defeating the point of this product.
But it’s not all bad, the official website somehow manages to make one of the most hated things on the planet (besides Donald Trump) sound pretty awesome:
“This revolutionary clock will not only get you out of bed on time (you’ll literally have to get up!), it will reward you with daily motivation to keep you out of bed and start your mornings off right!”
Not entirely sure what they mean by a reward, all I know is that it will have to be a pretty good one to be worth crawling out of bed for.
Aside from rewards, the flashy device has some pretty cool features. Most of them branch off of a customisable experience, which is always a crowd pleaser. My favourite by far is the fact that you can program it to read motivational quotes to get you up on the right side of the bed. As cool as this is. I think this has a lot of prank potential. Imagine secretly changing a friend’s to Billy the Puppet…creepy.
This audio function is meant for motivational quotes but can also be used to play your favourite tunes after the alarm has been switched off. Knowing me, I’d spend more time dancing and end up being late for work anyway…
The Ruggie includes an LED display that’s used for setting the time on the clock and the alarm time for the following day but also doubles up as a light for those that feel the need to get up in the middle of the night.
One downside is the fact that it runs on three AAA batteries. These will supposedly last for a year but what if they die during the night? I suppose the you have more control over that than a power cut.
Maybe they can incorporate something like the user has to charge it by jogging on it for 15 minutes. Since it’s the product pretty much sells itself on the fact that it will encourage a new, healthier you.
I think I’ll stick to my annoying “Marimba” phone alarm for now…
The product has already exceeded the amount it needed to go into production but you can still fund it here.
Still not convinced? Check out their video, it might just save you one day. If you don’t have evil house-mate’s that will use it to scare the hell out of you that is.