5 more minutes? New clock answers resounding 'no'

April 10, 2012 TED SHAFFREY , Associated Press
A March 7, 2012 photo provided by Sammut Tech, LLC, shows the Ramos alarm clock. Inventor Paul Sammut designed the clock that forces its owner to get out of bed after he found it hard to get out of bed after college. Once the alarm goes off, to stop it one must get out of bed, go into the kitchen or bathroom, and punch the day's date into a telephone-style keypad. (AP Photo/Sammut Tech, LLC,, Paul Sammut)

(AP) -- 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 .

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.

It was invented by Paul Sammut, a 25-year-old who lives in Hoboken. During the day, he builds and researches and vehicles at the nearby Stevens Institute of Technology.

He started working on the gadget because he was finding it hard to get up and make it to work on time after college.

"I wanted to make something that would essentially force me to get out of bed when I wanted to get out of bed the night before," said Sammut. "And I was thinking about ways of doing it and I thought about how in high school I had the perfect solution to this, which was my mother, and how she would, if it was time for me to wake up, she would force me out of bed."

He built the prototype in his spare time and uses it every day.

"Now I wake up before it goes off," said Sammut. "I subconsciously fear it and know I have to get up."

After a friend suggested he try and sell the device, he made a video demonstrating it, and posted that on kickstarter.com. That's a website where the general public can support by investing in them financially.

"We raised over $150,000 over a month and a half and we currently have over 400 orders," said Sammut.

Sammut has formed a company and is now trying to fill all the clock orders by the end of the summer.

He acknowledges there is one way to stop the alarm without getting out of bed.

"You could smash it," said Sammut.

But with a $350 , that would be a really expensive way to sleep in.

Explore further: Wakey, wakey! Wake up refreshed with a brain-monitoring alarm clock

More information: Online: http://www.ramosclock.com


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5 / 5 (2) Apr 10, 2012
all this talk about socialist this and that in this country of late is PROOF that fluoride toxicity has addled our brains.

it is the product of mediocrity.

2.3 / 5 (3) Apr 10, 2012
Designed by a socialist.

In the Soviet Union, if you were frequently late for work, they accused you of sabotage. If you were frequently on time to work, you were accused of smuggling a working alarm clock from the west.
1 / 5 (2) Apr 10, 2012
Mr. Bean is out of luck with this one!
not rated yet Apr 11, 2012
What a great idea! This guy has a real, practical engineer's approach.
1 / 5 (2) Apr 11, 2012
That's really going to suck if you can't remember what the date is when you wake up.
1.6 / 5 (5) Apr 11, 2012
As a bonus it will also put you in a bad mood to start the day.
1 / 5 (4) Apr 12, 2012
,... I think Hitler used one of those.

A better method is to use two alarm clocks, one in arms reach of the bed which has a snooze option, then another out of arms reach from the bed set to the Must Get Up Time.

He must be used to mommy getting him up, if he needs anything more complicated.

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