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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Useless alarm clock

I couldn’t resist talking about this “gadget” even if it has nothing to do with open source. Brown University students invented an alarm clock that monitors your brain activity and only wakes you up when the body is ready to get up (the optimum moment during light sleep). At first, I thought it was cool as I tend to wake up in a cranky mood sometimes but then I thought to myself, this is one of those completely useless devices!

Next time I have an important customer meeting at 9am, I will set up my smart alarm clock at 7:30am. The alarm will go off at 9:30am because my lazy body wasn’t feeling like getting up at 7:30am. I don’t think the customer will be very happy to learn that I just didn’t feel like waking up early enough for our meeting. On the other hand, if you have nothing to get up for, why do you need an alarm clock?

Then I thought this is one of those useless geeky gadgets that will stay in a university lab. Absolutely not! This article affirms that a company by the name of Axon Sleep Research raised money and is planning to market this clock for $200. Good luck!

What do you think? Despite the smart science behind this thing, do you think there is big enough market for this gadget?

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  • You didn't read how the gizmo works quite right. Actually it will wake you Prior to your set time at the point in the cycle that will secure your optimum feeling of well being.

    If the cycle is kind of short a few minites early wont hurt you, If the cycle is longer the clueful will figure out that maybe one should tuck in a little earlier.

    If the system works on average you should get by with 1/2 a cycle less sleep. Maybe not such a dumb idea after all.

    By Blogger Bjorn Stadil, at 7:03 PM  

  • It makes more sense if it really works the way you/they describe it; and if I believe that less sleep is better for me than more sleep :)

    Thanks for clearing it up with your comment Bjorn!

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  • I was listening to a podcast from ITConversations.com within which Neil Gershenfeld was talking about "Bits and Atoms". He described in very brief terms an alarm clock with which you had to wrestle to prove you were awake before it would quit trying to wake you.

    Wonder which method is more fun.
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