An Alarm Clock You Will Wanna Break
if you are like me waking up and having to think are two very hard things to do at the same time.
Imagine waking up in a haze and the have to find a wall keypad to enter a code to turn off the alarm that is going off next to your bed. Sounds fun right?
Alarm clock makes you get up and enter a code on a wall keypad to turn it off
While there are still some who, at the mention of the alarm clock, might think of a small, spring-driven, mechanical device topped by a couple of bells with a hammer between them, my generation would probably envision a digital clock radio. Recently, designers have come up with more and more ingenious (read evil) ways to get us out of bed – such as a clock with wheels that runs away at the appointed hour with buzzer sounding, or a 113dB sonic boom skull that also shakes the bed until you switch it off. The Ramos Alarm Clock from Paul Sammut is another design aimed at the dedicated snoozer who can usually find a way to prolong the warmth and comfort under the covers. The clock is wirelessly linked to a separate Defuse Panel located in another room, such as the bathroom, and a code will need to be correctly entered to silence the buzzer.
Currently awaiting crowd-source funding on Kickstarter, the Ramos alarm clock is aiming to hit the market in three flavors. The first is the LED Ramos, which is housed in sustainably-harvested birch, has an electronic buzzer sound and features an internal antenna. It’s wirelessly paired with a Defuse Panel (more on that later) that’s powered by a 9-volt battery. Backers are being asked to pledge US$160 for this model.
The second model features vertically mounted, new-old-stock Soviet Union nixie tubes with green LED backlighting for the clock display and is appropriately named the Nixie Ramos. The electronics are enclosed in a glossy, sustainably-harvested teak case and, while the prototype shown in the gallery has an external antenna, the production model will sport a similar internal antenna as that found in the LED version. This unit will also come with an electronic tone generator and the same Defuse Panel, and is pitched at US$350.
Additionally, Sammut is offering to produce a custom model to user specifications (including retaining the retro external antenna seen in the prototype if you wish) for a pledge of US$800 or more. He’s also giving backers of this level a choice of woods and finishes for the housing, and spare nixie tubes will be included.
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