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Ruggie is the alarm clock that will actually get you out of bed

Thanks to Ruggie, you no longer have to lose to the snooze.

If you’re not a morning person, the task of waking up probably consists of multiple alarms going off, followed by several snooze buttons. By the time you actually do get up, you’ve realized you overslept and have to rush to work feeling groggy and tired. Not a great way to start the day right? Fortunately, there’s a new and better way to wake up and get out of bed early.


Meet Ruggie, a memory foam rug and alarm clock that needs to sense pressure for at least three seconds before shutting off, making it the ultimate snooze proof alarm. Founder Winsom Tam rethought the design of traditional alarm clocks when he, like millions of other people, struggled with waking up. The team touts that Ruggie will help you get out of bed easily, feeling more optimistic and more productive.

The problem with snooze buttons on today’s alarm clocks is that we inevitably fall back into bed. Ruggie eliminates that possibility because it requires that you stand on the rug to stop the alarm. By then, you’ve already gotten over hard part — getting out of bed. You can also choose how you want to start you day. If you’re annoyed by the blaring beeping noise of older alarm clocks, Ruggie can play any custom sound you want by connecting it to your computer via USB and dragging in the sound files. This opens the possibility of waking up to positive affirmations, goal reminders or your favorite song. Or you can choose the Ruggie’s presets of soothing alarms.


Ruggie has a minimalistic design measuring at 15.5″ by 23.5″, suitable for any room. Its bright LED display doubles as a night light and its touch sensor is what makes sure you’ve gotten out bed. If you want to know the time, just tap the rug. Ruggie can be cleaned in the washer but first you must take out the electronics inside.

Ready to be the early bird that gets the worm? Head over to Ruggie’s Kicksstarter page, where Tam and the team have already well surpassed their initial goal of $36,113, with more than 1,000 backers to date. If all goes pending to plan, delivery is slated for September 2016.

This intelligent alarm clock is the perfect bedside companion

Beddi is a next-generation smart alarm clock that helps you start your day off more easily and efficiently.

Mornings are hectic. They start off rough with the blaring sound of your alarm, most likely coming from the unpleasant preset tones programmed in your phone. But the biggest challenge is actually getting up, which is even more difficult when you didn’t have a good night’s sleep. Then you have to worry about leaving the house on time, hoping the traffic isn’t too bad. By the time you’re out of the door, you’ve realized you didn’t have enough time for your morning cup ‘o joe. If only there was a way to make the early hours of your day not so bad…


Meet Beddi, an app-enabled alarm clock and Bluetooth speaker that includes over 20 features to make your morning and evening routines flow easily. Developed by Los Angeles-based startup Witti, Beddi boasts a minimalistic design and perfectly complements any home. The gadget combines all the elements you’d typically expect from a smart alarm clock, along with a Bluetooth speaker, USB charging hub, a night light and even a white noise generator to offset loud environment. It also has the capabilities to connect to your devices with its three smart buttons, allowing you to control things around your home with just one click. Each button has three modes, single click, double click and long press, giving you a total of nine different commands.

Not only does Beddi automatically sync with your phone through its accompanying iOS and Android app, it’s super simple to configure, intuitive to use and lets you set multiple alarms. You can turn out of bed to your favorite Spotify playlist as your morning alarm, along with a wake up light, and have dashboard display and voice announcement for weather and traffic updates. With its Google Maps integration, you’ll periodically receive alerts for your morning commute, informing you when you need to leave to arrive to work on time. To ease the hustle and bustle with city living, Beddi can even summon an Uber for you with nothing more than a push of a smart button.


And when it’s time to hit the hay, the unit is equipped with a white noise generator to keep you snoozing soundly through the night. Beyond that, you can set your own Spotify station or choose from a default selection of sounds, such as the subtle noise of a fan, the crashing of ocean waves or the chirping of wildlife in a forest, to help you drift off to sleep. As you catch some Zs, an integrated timer will turn off the sound after a predefined time period.

If you’re not impressed yet, then maybe this will do the trick. Since it knows your sleep habits, when you wake up and go to sleep, Beddi can automatically regulate your smart appliances. With its customizable and programmable smart buttons, Beddi can start your coffee machine, adjust your Nest thermostat or Philips Hue lights, send a text message and make a phone or Skype call. The best part? You can do this all without ever leaving the room or reach for another device. Heck, Beddi might as well be your new butler!


Beddi employs classic Bluetooth for its high quality sound and music, while Bluetooth 4.0 to pair with your phone. Additionally, the nightstand accessory comes with an auxiliary jacks and two USB ports for charging tablets. Unlike other docks, with Beddi you won’t have the annoying problem of your phone not fitting in the dock with its case. The 17mm slot will fit most cases, and is compatible with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s+, as well as Galaxy S4, S6 and other 5.5″ screens.

Looking for the perfect bedside companion? Head over to Beddi’s Kickstarter campaign, where the Witti team has already surpassed its goal of $25,000. Pending all goes to plan, delivery is expected for June 2016.

SensorWake is the world’s first olfactory alarm clock

This alarm clock will wake you up with a scent of your liking.

You can hear the jingle in your head now… “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.” In the 1980s, the company launched a commercial where the smell of a freshly brewed pot of coffee had awoken two adults, alerting them to their son’s return from college. But let’s face it, there’s really no ideal way to wake up — even if it’s to a handpicked musical selection, gentle beams of white light or the homecoming of a loved one. There’s just something about the combination of sound, brightness and surprise that can truly be a downer in the morning.


Nevertheless, this hasn’t stopped a long list of corporations, startups and Makers from taking a stab at reinventing the age-old alarm clock to make the early hours of the day a wee bit better. The latest iteration of this nightstand accessory involves wafting one’s favorite scents across their bed.

Created by teenage Maker Guillaume Rolland, SensorWake was designed to softly emit a fragrance to stir someone from their slumber in less than two minutes. A user simply sets a wakeup time as they would any other alarm clock, and then inserts a reusable capsule into the body of the unit. When it’s time to get up, the device slowly discharges the smell of choice. And should someone have a stuffy nose, no worries. SensorWake also features an audio alarm that sounds after three minutes.


At the time of its Kickstarter debut, SensorWake comes with a wide selection of aromas including espresso and hot croissant, sweet peach and strawberry candy, flowers, cut grass and leaves, purifying tea tree and harmonious chocolate, stimulating ginger and peppermint. Beyond that, those like ABC Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary can even choose to start their day with the scent of a dollar bill. Each of these capsules have been developed with Swiss manufacturer Givaudan and should last at least 60 uses. Moving ahead, Rolland envisions customers being able to order custom, seasonal and holiday themed modules, ranging from Christmas to Valentine’s Day. The possibilities are endless.


SensorWake joins a number of other clocks that have adopted an olfactory-based system to rouse someone from a deep sleep. In 2008, Japanese researchers developed a fire alarm that let out the smell of wasabi as a way to alert those who were deaf. Not long after, various Makers decided to devise gadgets that wafted bacon odors across a room. And just last year, Nestlé unveiled a lid with a built-in alarm clock that welcomed users to consciousness with the invigorating smell of a cup o’ joe.

Sound like a bedroom accessory you’d like to have? Head over to its Kickstarter campaign, where Rolland surpassed his initial $54,751 goal in less than 48 hours. Delivery is set for November 2015.

This alarm clock wakes you up with a personal sunrise and focused sounds

Wakē will make sure that you never get woken up by your partner’s alarm again!

In this day and age, it seems like whenever one person wakes up at a certain time, the other partner has no choice but to do so as well. Aside from that, there’s nothing quite as annoying as the sound of an alarm clock to set the day off on the wrong foot. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a less abrupt way to rouse from a good night’s rest?


Meet Wakē, the brainchild of Lucera Labs. While the Los Angeles-based startup isn’t the first to mimic the natural sunrise for a gradual awakening, it differentiates itself by converging incredibly-targeted sounds and warm light to spare a loved one or roommate.

How it works is pretty straightforward. Wakē mounts to the wall behind a user’s bed and connects with their smartphone (iOS and Android) via Wi-Fi. When it’s time to get up, the white-brick-shaped box uses an IR sensor to locate where the person is lying, and instead of using normal speakers that would keep a loved one from some valuable extra minutes of shut-ete, it sends targeted beams of white LED light and sound directly to one’s face. These narrowly focused ultrasonic waves are emitted from a parametric speaker.


The solution comes with its own companion app that works like a regular alarm clock. A user simply tells Wakē on which side of the bed they sleep, and the manner in which they would like to be woken. The device then takes it from there. What’s more, there’s no need to fumble for an ‘off’ button; rather, Wakē will power itself down after detecting when someone has gotten out of bed. And should a user need a few extra minutes, they can always snooze or deactivate the alarm using the app.

Additionally, the Lucera Labs crew has dreamt up a number of other functionalities that could be added with future firmware updates. For instance, Wakē may be employed as a reading light, a notification system for late-night calls, an alert for caregivers if an elderly person gets up and doesn’t return to bed. And for those with newborns, it may even direct a baby’s cry using its parametic speaker to whichever parent is on duty.


“We used tons of Atmel chips during development,” a company rep has informed us. “It’s been a great platform for us.” As from its Wi-Fi-connected microprocessor, Wakē’s parametric speaker was inspired by Maker Richard Haberkern’s Soundlazer kits.

Sound like something you’d love to have in your bedroom? Wakē is currently live on Kickstarter, where its team is seeking $100,000. Shipment is expected to begin in September 2015.