The best way to wake up… EVER.

I found this on www.geekologie.com . . . but the originating post is here, on a site called mathlete.com

It’s called the Wake n’ Bacon. It’s an alarm clock.

It’s an alarm clock that wakes you up not with noise, or light, or vibration… Nuh uh.

This thing wakes you up to the smell of cooking bacon.

This thing is amazing. This is better than an alarm clock that wakes you up with smecks; After all, who’s interested in smecks when they gotta pee?

Uhhh… On second thought, you know what, don’t answer that.

Anyway, as long as it’s food safe (because I worry that slow cooking meat might not kill enough bacteria to be safe with bacon, but I don’t know what internal temp this thing gets the bacon to) … and as long as I can get a freaking mini-fridge, this is ON!

P.S. – And if you think that’s cool, look at what else they have in store: (this is a quote from mathlete)

“Waking up by force is physically and spiritually jarring, but we must do it nearly all the time. By interview and direct observation, we found a number of ways in which common alarm clocks could be improved. Many are simple conveniences, but the most essential finding was that most people eventually become “immune” to their alarms. To that end, we proposed a plugin architecture where the alarm triggers any number of seperate modules, similar to that of an electric timer with a snooze button.

Proposed add-on modules:

  • Heat/Cooling unit
  • Bed Vibrator
  • Bright Lamp
  • Baking unit
  • Bass Generator
  • Air Cannon

In addition, we propose several improvements to the clock unit itself:

  • Calendar Aware: knows not to go off on weekends, holidays
  • Presence Aware: only active when there is enough pressure on the bed to indicate presence of a person
  • Option to have waking module “dimmed up”: whether a lamp or sound or vibration is used as a waking agent, the option to have this sensation dimmed up from zero so user is eased into waking

In the end, we just built the bacon-cooking part because we received such a strong response from people.”

Disturbing, but is it good?

I’m not completely convinced this is good. On the other hand, I have this niggling little suspicion that it’s the best animation I’ve seen so far (full disclosure: I haven’t seen Avatar yet)… I’d love to hear what others thinkk about this little . . . gem?

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Scared to Lose Your Camera? Fear no More!

I own a camera, and sometimes I worry that I’ll lose it or have it stolen. I wouldn’t be able to replace it, and I have memories on there. They’re important.

Then I saw this blog post by Andrew McDonald – his blog here

I have to say, it’s rare that something as simple as this post makes me laugh out loud AND stop for thought. Such thought, of course, was, ‘Hey, now why didn’t I think of that?’

And isn’t that basically the hallmark of genius?

My hat’s off to you, Mr. McDonald. Great idea.

The post is below.

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