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Extreme Alarm Clock Simply Will Not Permit You to Snooze

You have to get out of bed. Oh, no, this clock isn't going to lure you out with freshly-cooked bacon. Nor will it slap you in the face or toss you on to the floor. But you will have to leave your bedroom and show some basic cognition:

There is no snooze button. If you unplug it, a battery takes over. As wake-up time approaches, you cannot reset the alarm time.

It could be the world's most exasperating alarm clock.

Once it goes off, to stop it you must get out of bed, go into the kitchen or bathroom, and punch the day's date into a telephone-style keypad. That's the only way to stop the loud 'ding-ding,' designed to sound like a customer angrily banging on a concierge bell at a hotel.


My suggestion for a heavy-duty version: the user must solve a basic algebra problem before the alarm turns off.

Link -via Marginal Revolution | Official Website | Photo: AP

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Android Market's "Alarm Clock Xtreme" actually does force you to solve an arithmetic problem to turn it off. You can configure the difficulty of it. It also has the nice feature that, instead of playing the alarm sound, you can make it run any app. I use it to run an app that plays ambient sound at an increasing volume.

It gives you a snooze, though, so it's not as extreme as this one. And I'm pretty good at math, so forcing me to input the date would probably be more difficult.
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