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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.

Hyperalarm forces you to wake up and get moving

This smart alarm will put an end to repeatedly hitting the snooze button. 

Are you a heavy sleeper who can never seem to get up in the morning? Well, you’re in luck. Madrid startup Think Big Factory has developed a smart alarm that combines both sound and motion to get you out of bed. That’s because the only way to shut it off is by throwing off the covers and walking out of the room. In the past, “five more minutes” may have worked with your mom, but the aptly named Hyperalarm doesn’t take excuses.


The device features a sleek, non-intrusive design and connects with an accompanying mobile app via Bluetooth. This allows users to easily set up and manage their alarm seamlessly with both iPhone and Android smartphones. What’s more, Hyperalarm will soon also be compatible with Apple Watch, Pebble Time and other wearables. At just about four inches tall and two inches wide, it can be placed just about anywhere — desk, nightstand, dresser.


The alarm emits high-frequency sounds of varying, interwoven pitches that are nearly impossible to ignore. This prevents a person’s brain from every become accustomed to a simple tone, all while not having to deal with the unpleasant noises that come from a more conventional clock. The team adds that they will be including new sounds with every software update, not just for awakening but helping ease users into a deep sleep and creating special notifications as well.


As for what’s inside of its ABS / polyethylene casing, the gizmo packs an ATmega32U4 MCU at its core along with a Bluetooth Low Energy module, an LED display, 3D accelerometer sensors, a high-quality speaker, and a LiPo battery. Beyond that, Hyperalarm boasts a fail-proof battery system that won’t let a user activate the alarm if the remaining battery is running low. Instead, he or she will be notified via a pop-up alert.

For those days when leaving a room to turn off an alarm might be inconvenient or not practical, the gadget’s Hyper mode can be turned off, transforming it into a simple smart alarm clock. Are you someone who is prone to hitting the snooze button a few more times than they should? Head over to its official Indiegogo campaign, where Think Big Factory is currently seeking €210,000. Shipment is expected to begin in December 2015 — just in time for the holidays!