Alarm clocks for snooze abusers

People have had a hard time getting out of bed ever since, well, probably ever since beds became comfortable. And ever since  the invention of the snooze button, sleep-loving procrastinators around the globe have been struggling to wake up on time. If you’re the type who hits snooze for three hours before you rise and shine, then check out this list of alarms that are sure to rouse even the worst snooze abusers.

The Carpet Alarm Clock

alarm clocks for snooze abusers screen shot 2012 07 16 at 1 46 13 pm

Part of the reason the snooze button is so easy to abuse is that, oftentimes, you don’t have to do much more than roll over and flop your arm onto your clock to make it shut off. Designers of the Carpet Alarm have devised a clever way to circumvent this problem by creating an alarm that hides inside a rug. Intended to be placed at your bedside, the clock won’t shut off until it feels your full standing weight on top of it.  Like quite a few others in this list, this one runs on a rechargeable battery, so you can’t cheat the system by unplugging it.

Ramos

alarm clocks for snooze abusers screen shot 2012 07 17 at 8 28 21 am

If you’re the type who can’t resist the allure of your mattress even after standing up, perhaps an alarm that forces you to leave your bedroom altogether is the best choice. Ramos, the product of a recently successful Kickstarter campaign, can only be shut off by inputting a diffuse code on a wireless keypad — ideally located somewhere other than your nightstand or bedroom wall. How much easier would it be to wake up on time if your snooze button was right next to the coffee maker in your kitchen? Buyers can opt for the classic digital display, or go for the nixie tube model that gives Ramos a distinct, steampunk-inspired look. 

TUI-AC

alarm clocks for snooze abusers screen shot 2012 07 16 at 1 40 51 pm

The acronym stands for Tangible User Interface Alarm Clock, and if the name and shape didn’t already give it away, this one draws inspiration from the grenade. After setting the alarm, the user pulls the pin and chucks the clock across the room. When it goes off, you’ve got to hop out of bed, find the clock, dive on top of it like a seasoned commando, and reinsert the pin to shut it off and save your platoon. The volume level adjusts based on how far away the clock is from its pin, so don’t worry about throwing it too far — just be careful not to put a hole in your wall. 

The Blowfly

alarm clocks for snooze abusers screen shot 2012 07 16 at 1 30 38 pm 

If throwing your alarm across the room every night seems like too much work, you can make your alarm clock do the throwing for you with the Blowfly. It’s a different take on the same force-you-out-of-bed scheme, so rather than making you throw it every night, the Blowfly uses a small motor to send a propeller flying across your room to a completely random location. You’ll need to retrieve the propellor and return it to the dock before it’ll stop its harsh, piercing beeps.

Sfera

alarm clocks for snooze abusers screen shot 2012 07 16 at 1 50 58 pm

If you don’t mind a bit of installation, Sfera is a neat little device that takes a more gradual approach to getting you out of bed. The clock hangs from your ceiling, and if you like to fall asleep to music, Sfera will serenade you as it slowly rises each night. In the morning when the alarm goes off, you have to reach up to hit snooze, but here’s the twist — after each time you hit the button, Sfera rises about a foot or so. After about three snoozes, you’ll practically have to stand up to shut it off, and hopefully at that point you’ll be ready to go out and seize the day.

SnuzNLuz

 alarm clocks for snooze abusers screen shot 2012 07 16 at 1 26 14 pm

There are few things that can motivate you as much as losing money, or worse yet, losing money to someone you hate. With this is mind, developers at ThinkGeek have devised way to facilitate such a phenomenon with an alarm clock. The result is a contraption that’ll have even the worst snooze abuser jumping out of bed in a hurry. After setting up the Wi-Fi-enabled alarm, you can configure the clock to donate money ($10 minimum) to the non-profit of your choice for each time you hit snooze. However, rather than donating to a charity you support, you’re encouraged to choose one you hate — after all, giving money to a charity you support with each snooze would probably encourage sleeping in, wouldn’t it? Users can set the clock to donate to over 6,200 different charities and organizations, which means you can optimize it for maximum hatred based on your personal preferences. Are you a die-hard Democrat? Donate to the GOP. Love the environment? Donate to the United Coal Foundation. 

Clocky

alarm clocks for snooze abusers screen shot 2012 07 17 at 8 34 14 am

If a good old-fashioned robot chase sounds like a good way to start your morning, check out Clocky. To wake you up in the morning, Clocky will drive off your nightstand and scuttle around your floor while singing the song of his people — which apparently sounds like R2D2 having an anxiety attack. You’ll have to track the little bugger down and hit the deactivate button in order to silence him, which, given his speed and completely randomized path of motion, is easier said than done.

Not a snooze abuser, but still have trouble getting up in the morning? We’ve got a whole list of clocks that would suit the deep sleepers, slow risers, and everything in between.

Product Review

Origin's Chronos PC is no looker, but it plays games with eye-popping detail

The Chronos is Origin’s smallest PC, but while it occupies less space than most A/V receivers, it delivers the power of a much larger desktop. Its dull exterior design does the system a disservice. Once you turn it on, you won’t be…
Health & Fitness

Still tired? Smart sleep aids can help improve your snooze

Do you snore? Toss and turn? Alternate between extremely hot and extremely cold body temperatures at night? A deluge of smart sleep technology on the market aims to help you get a better night of shut-eye.
Smart Home

The best air fryers deliver fried food with a fraction of the calories

What is this magical mechanism? It's an air fryer, and when used correctly, it can mimic the effects of frying while using just a little bit of oil. You still get that crispy, golden exterior and the fluffy center.
Mobile

Learn how to play YouTube in the background on iOS and Android

We show you how to play YouTube in the background with apps such as Opera, Chrome, and Firefox -- along with the premium offerings like YouTube Premium -- whether you have an Android or iOS device.
Smart Home

Abode Systems upgrades its smart home gateway with new chip and Z-Wave Plus

Palo Alto-based Abode Systems is adding an upgrade to its popular smart home starter kit by replacing its central gateway with a second-generation version that supports cellular backup and enhanced Z-Wave support.
Smart Home

Put away that sponge and let us help you pick the best dishwasher for your buck

Tired of doing dishes by hand? Take a look at our picks of the four best dishwashers currently available and let a machine do the dirty work for you. They’ll do a much better job, anyway.
Product Review

Making a smart home can be a DIY job, but security should be left to the pros

Sure, you can DIY a smart home system, but when it comes to security, you should seriously consider professional monitoring and service. That’s where Vivint comes in. Is it worth the lofty price?
Smart Home

You can play NPR’s ‘Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me’ on your smart speaker

You can play "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" on Amazon Echo speakers or Google Home devices with the new Wait Wait Quiz. It's hosted by Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis and will be updated every week with new questions.
Smart Home

Walabot Home, a device aimed at keeping seniors safe, expands its capabilities

When you have to be away from your elderly family members, Walabot Home can serve as your surrogate. This device can detect when your loved one falls and will call for help — no wearables or user input required.
Smart Home

Allergies acting up? Thes best air purifiers on the market can offer relief

Indoor air is often more contaminated than the air outside, which can cause an array of health issues over time. Luckily, these air purifiers can easily rid your home or office of unwanted allergens and contaminants.
Smart Home

Hackers hijack Nest camera, issue fake warning of North Korea missile attack

A Nest security camera hijacked by hackers who used the device to issue a fake warning about an incoming North Korean nuclear missile attack heading toward Los Angeles, Chicago, and Ohio.
Smart Home

Starbucks coffee delivery lands in 6 more cities via Uber Eats

Starbucks is in the process of expanding its coffee delivery service far beyond Miami. Available via the Uber Eats app, the service has just launched in San Francisco, with five additional cities joining in the coming weeks.
Computing

Think someone's leeching off your Wi-Fi connection? Here's how to find out

It's important to find out immediately if anyone is stealing your bandwidth. Here's how to tell if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi using a few simple tools, along with some suggestions on improving security.
Smart Home

Sing with Freddie Mercury with the ‘Ay-Oh with Bohemian Rhapsody’ Alexa skill

20th Century Fox announced a new Alexa Skill for Freddie Mercury fans. To celebrate the digital release of Bohemian Rhapsody and a National Day of "Ay-Oh," fans can download the Ay-Oh with Bohemian Rhapsody Skill.