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Clever clock stops you sleeping late

CNN | April 4, 2005

(CNN) -- If you are not a morning person and find it difficult to get out of bed, then "Clocky" might be the thing to improve the start of your day.

A scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has invented the clever device, which will defy even the most determined alarm clock "snoozers."

Research associate Gauri Nanda's two-wheeled "Clocky" automatically rolls off the bedside table when the alarm goes off and the snooze button is pressed.

It travels around the room and its carpet-covered surface bumps into objects that come into its path, until it finds a resting place.

"Minutes later, when the alarm sounds again, the sleeper must get up out of bed and search for Clocky," says the 25-year-old scientist.

"This ensures that the person is fully awake before turning it off."

An internal processor helps it find a new hiding spot every day.

"I don't like being told when to wake up but I've come to terms with the idea that I have to," says Nanda.

"Clocky is less of an annoying device as it is a troublesome pet that you love anyway. It's also a bit ugly. But its unconventional look keeps the user calm, and inspires laughter at one of the most-hated times of the day."

She said having the alarm clock hide was the most obvious way to get snoozers out of bed.

"I've been known to hit the snooze bar for up to two hours or even accidentally turn it off. I've known people who put the alarm clock in the living room, but then forget to set it before going to sleep.

"In the foggy logic of our drowsiness, we disable the very device that is meant to wake us up."

At the moment, Clocky is an academic research project and not commercially available.

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