It's Hard to Cheat This Pressure-Sensitive Carpet Alarm Clock

By Chris Mills on at

It takes a stronger person than me to actually get out of bed when the alarm goes off — after all, that snooze button is so conveniently located. But if the alarm didn’t stop until I was out of bed, there’s a chance I could actually eat breakfast one of these days.

That’s the idea behind Ruggie, a pressure-sensitive alarm clock that lives on your floor, and only turns off when you stand on it. It looks pretty much like a regular mat, apart from the small display in the corner. Power comes from three AA batteries that apparently last a full year, while you hook it up to a computer to set the alarm, and customise features.

It’s currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, where $80 (£55) snags you an early-bird version. As ever, buyer beware on crowdfunding websites, although there’s no danger of Ruggie being underfunded: they’re at $100,000 in a week (twice its funding goal) with a good 52 days still to go. [Ruggie]

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