?

Log in

No account? Create an account
If only I worked at Timex.. or Magnavox.. heck, Coby! - Mongologue
December 2nd, 2005
02:52 pm

[Link]

Previous Entry Share Next Entry
If only I worked at Timex.. or Magnavox.. heck, Coby!
Here's my idea: Alarm Clocks snooze buttons tend to be somewhat ineffective, because people can reach them rapidly and shut them off with deftness. That's good, in case you want more sleep, but to do so 4 or 5 times in a row will tend to make you late. What's needed is a snooze-system that grows more complex with time, so that the 5th attempt to shut it off is much more complex than the first.

An system for this exists. It's the game with four colored lights, from Hasbro. Simon.

Simply incorporate the four buttons onto the top of an alarm clock. The first time it goes off, have a loud annoying signal, as well as a flash of light and softer "boop" from one of the four colors. Then the 7-10 minute pause.. and now, alarm, beep-boop. The longer you lounge in bed, the more it takes to shut the danged thing off, the more awake you have to be to do it.

--Chiaroscuro

(7 comments | Leave a comment)

Comments
 
[User Picture]
From:cplady
Date:December 2nd, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Wouldn't it be easier just to put your alarm clock on the other side of the room, so if you want to hit snooze, you actually have to get up to do it? (which is what my husband does when he really needs to get up).

[User Picture]
From:paracoon
Date:December 2nd, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
(Link)
This is what I do.
[User Picture]
From:moonfires
Date:December 2nd, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
(Link)
For a while, I had my alarm clock on my desk, out of simple reach. After a while, I developed this ability to get just enough out of bed to hit the clock with one overhand whack (this clock was a sphere, the whole top was the button) and get back into bed with one motion. Now I figure if I put the clock on my dresser (the furthest piece of furniture) I'll get up, walk to it, turn it off, and walk back to bed, all without really waking up at all :>.
[User Picture]
From:chefmongoose
Date:December 3rd, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
(Link)
But there are some times- frequent times, really- when you want to smack the snooze, get that 10 minutes more sleep, then be up on the second or third snooze alarm. That said, there are plenty of people who do just that, put the alarm clock away from the bed.

But that's not as *fun* as Simon.

--Chiaroscuro
[User Picture]
From:captpackrat
Date:December 2nd, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I saw this clock that was shaped like a baseball. When the alarm went off, you could activate the snooze by throwing it across the room. That way when it went off again, you'd have to get up and search for it to turn it off.
[User Picture]
From:chefmongoose
Date:December 3rd, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
(Link)
There are also alarm clocks with wheels, I saw a design service create.. when you hit the snooze, it'd roll off, onto the floor, move randomly a bit.. makign you get up and chase after it.

I figure the baseball one you'd just get used to gramming and slammign into a wall in that dozy state.

--Chiaroscuro

[User Picture]
From:tyrrlin
Date:December 4th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I've also seen an alarm clock that had a puzzle-type mechanism on it so you had to open a combination lock/untie knots, etc just to get it open to turn on the snooze. That was a good idea!
My Website Powered by LiveJournal.com