HR Strange But True!
April 15, 2005

A graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has invented just the thing for those of us who've become a little too dependent on the snooze buttons of our alarm clocks.

''Clocky," as it has been dubbed, goads its bleary-eyed owners into leaving their beds. That's becasue to turn Clocky off, you have to find it.

When its snooze alarm is pushed, Clocky rolls and tumbles to the floor. Thanks to shock-absorbing materials and rubber wheels, it then races away from the bed. It bumps into objects, repositions itself, and eventually comes to rest in a place far enough away from the bed that its owner will be forced to get up to find it when the alarm sounds a second time. A built-in microprocessor randomly programs the clock's speed, distance, and routes, so that it won't land in the same spot twice.

Its inventor, Gauri Nanda, told the Boston Globe that as a student who sometimes burns the midnight oil, she needed something like Clocky.

''I like my sleep," said Nanda, a research associate at the MIT Media Laboratory in Cambridge. ''I've been known to hit the snooze button for two hours, or even accidentally turn off the alarm."

Source: The Boston Globe

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