Thursday, 20 September 2012

Waking up in the morning

A couple of colleagues and I have come up with an amazing invention that is guaranteed to get you out of bed in the morning.

The conversation went something like this.

I really struggled to get up today.  I struggle to get up MOST days...

You need a good alarm clock.

I've got one but I keep hitting snooze...

How about one of those clocks with big brass bells on top?

Those just make me angry.  I need something that sort of grabs me and shakes me.

A bed that vibrates?


How about something that releases a smell?

It went from there.  Who has not leaped out of bed at the smell of a dog messing in the hall, or a child vomiting from the top bunk?


It is an alarm clock with a fan attached.  At night you insert a capsule of your chosen smell, selected from a wide range.  At the set time the fan spins, breaks the capsule and blows the smell around the room.

Sample smells:
  • Vomit
  • Dog Poop
  • Beery Burps
  • The City Trash Heap
  • Limited, special edition Gorilla Cage smell (yes, one of us is studying Gorillas...)
How could you stay in bed with one of these wafting around the bedroom?

Go on - tell me you are impressed!  :-)


Riot Kitty said...

I've got an even better idea: borrow my cat. His morning trips to the litter box force us to get out of bed, lest we die.

Abby said...

This is inGENIOUS! A Smellarm. Nothing says get out of bed now like "all of the above". Put me down for Gorilla.

Shammickite said...

Anything.... I mean ANYTHING.... but Beery Burps!
Many years ago my husband rigged up a timer on a tape recorder with his mother-in-law's voice (that's my mum you realise) urging him to get out of bed "or else I'll come over there and get you out myself!" It worked! When it came on, he shot out of bed like a bullet!

Abby said...

On another note... one of our kids' friends is deaf. He has a vibrator (*ahem*) that goes in his pillowcase. It doesn't really work for him, though. Got any smells that will rouse a 19-year-old male out of bed?

ShadowRun300 said...

I AM impressed! But I'd have to have someone else pick out the scent. I'd probably go too easy on myself.
Luckily I don't usually have a hard time getting up. I wake so early that I quickly get up just so the alarm doesn't wake my hubby.

Rock Chef said...

Riot Kitty - Hah, proof that the theory works! :-)

Abby - You will be the first to have it!

Shammickite - Being dragged out of bed by the MIL - that is the product of a disturbed mind :-)

Abby again - In my experience, the best way to get a teenage boy out if bed is to get up yourself and start cooking some bacon...

ShadowRun300 - Leaving the hubby to rest - I hope he knows how wonderful you are!

agg79 said...

Some pretty good ideas there. I've actually crossed a few of those myself (that and the sound of a dog getting sick works pretty well).

There was a show over here about inventors and people willing to invest in their ideas (Shark Tank) and one guys' idea was to have a bacon alarm clock. The clock would actually start frying bacon to wake you up. Interesting idea, but didn't get a lot of votes from the investors.

Rock Chef said...

Agg79 - We have a show like that called Dragon's Den. I like the bacon alarm clock - but is it a fire risk if you don't get up?

terri said...

Vomit would not only get me out of bed but send me running from the house. This is ingenious!

Rock Chef said...

Terri - Hm, hope you pause long enough to get dressed! :-)