Robots will wake you!

No, really. Some clever uber-smart guy at MIT (where else) has developed an alarm clock that, after you hit the snooze button, runs and hides!

When the alarm clock goes off and the snooze button is pressed, Clocky will roll off the bedside table and wheel away, bumping mindlessly into objects on the floor until it eventually finds a spot to rest. Minutes later, when the alarm sounds again, the sleeper must get up out of bed and search for Clocky. This ensures that the person is fully awake before turning it off. Small wheels that are concealed by Clocky’s shag enable it to move and reposition itself, and an internal processor helps it find a new hiding spot every day.

Ok, but what happens when you step on the damned thing trying to find it? Or worse, it gets so far under your bed that you can’t reach it? Does it just keep going off forever?

If this ever goes into production, how long do you think until the Roomba folks buy him out? Because what we really need is an escaping alarm clock that will vacuum the floors as it gets away. Then I’d buy one!

Read all about clocky here

Published by Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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  1. Actually Don this was invented by a girl at MIT for a class progect and she got an A on it. The fact that it was invented by a girl accounts for the lame name of clocky. The invented was on Kevin and Bean this week and she is working on making a consumer model of this for wide spread distrobution. I am very much looking forward to this being available because I need all the help I can get to be up and to work by 4am.

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