The Alarm Clock that Runs Away

Posted on June 27, 2005

Clocky There may soon be an alternative for those of you who abuse the snooze button on your alarm clock. An alarm clock called Clocky won't stand for any repetitive hitting of the the snooze button. Instead, Clocky will run away and hide making noise as it goes.
Clocky is an alarm clock that runs and hides when you presse the snooze. The alarm sounds, you press the snooze, and he will roll off of the beside table, fall to the floor, and wheel away, bumping mindlessly into objects until he eventually finds a spot to rest. When the alarm sounds again, the sleeper must awaken to search for Clocky. Clocky is programmed to find new resting spots everyday, creating a hide- and-seek game with the offending over-sleeper. Clocky alarm clocks were designed to reinterpret the common alarm clock into something that is not stressful and obnoxious but playful, meaningful, and a better fit between humans and technology. Clocky is patent pending.
You will have to be patient if you want your own Clocky. Clocky was a research project by MIT student Gauri Nanda. The project received lots of web coverage and recently appeared on Good Morning America. An explanation of the science behind the unusual alarm clock can be found here.