I’d like an alarm clock like that.

A one week mini project rapidly researching and concepting alarm clocks.

Problem

Sometimes it is not intended to wake up at a specific time, but to have a specific amount of sleep.
When setting a traditional alarm clock for this scenario, the user needs to calculate the what time he needs to set for the desired number of hours sleep.

Solution

An easy to make replacement part for the alarm-time hand of the clock.
The adapted hand features colour coded sections that indicate how many hours the user will be able to sleep when he is setting the clock.

Problem

Sleeping through the alarm in the morning often has a very simple cause: not enough sleep. This, in turn, has an obvious solution: going to bed earlier.
Today’s alarm clocks help you to wake up, but they don’t help you to go to bed at the right time.

Solution

A device that can measure how tired the user is by listening to his yawning. It visually presents the level of tiredness and starts playing a lullaby when the user should go to sleep.
It is connected to the users schedule and can determine when the user needs to wake up in the morning.

Problem

Often the alarm clock sits very close to the user lying in bed. When it rings, it only takes very little effort to turn it off, or to press the snooze button.
In addition, the mobile phone that is often used as alarm clock today, is typically not placed at a big distance to the bed when it is still used when lying in bed in the evening.
Some people even become so used to the action of turning the alarm off, that they perform it while still asleep.

Solution

This alarm clock can be set to a time when lying in bed, but then thrown away before falling asleep.
When the alarm goes off, the user has to get out of bed and find it in his room in order to turn it off. The body movement involved helps to wake up and become active.

Problem

Many people would agree that being woken up by the voice and touch of their partner is very pleasant.
When a couple is not sleeping in the same bed, sometimes a phone call is made to connect in the early morning. This is awkward and one person needs to wake up first.

Solution

This pillow comes in pairs of two. One for each partner. It can be set to a time that the couple wants to wake up at.
A subtle buzzing wakes the partners up and a voice connection is established between the pillows.
The couple can then go through an experience similar to waking up in the same bed.

2009, Ravensbourne