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Kickstart this smart alarm clock and start your mornings right

by Jacob Kleinman | April 12, 2015

Alarm clocks suck. I think we can all agree on that. But one company has come up with a new take on the alarm clock that might not suck quite as much. Imagine waking up to a sunbeam shining down directly on your face and soothing sounds in your ears. That’s what Wakē is promising if it can raise $100,000 on Kickstarter by May 30.

Wakē combines several types of technology to create something pretty unique. Each morning it detects your exact position using a body heat sensor. Then a parametric speaker sends a focused but soothing wave of sound directly to your ears. Finally, a gentle beam of light shines down on your face, slowly growing brighter as the sound becomes louder.

Just thinking about it makes me want to throw my current alarm clock in the trash, but we haven’t even covered Wakē’s best feature. If you share your bed with a second person it won’t wake them up. You can even set two separate alarms based on which side of the bed each of you sleeps on.

That all happens through the app, which is available now for Android and iOS. Using your phone you can manage alarms, hit snooze and shut off the alarm with a quick swipe. It also lets you customize the type of sound, brightness level, snooze length and more.

Installation should only take a few minutes, and all you’ll need is a screwdriver. Wakē includes a built-in battery that only needs to be charged a few times per year. You can check on battery life from inside the app, and if it does die overnight your phone will automatically act as a backup alarm.

The company notes that it can’t and won’t violate your privacy. Wakē doesn’t include a camera or microphone, and it only sees your temperature as a simple wave graph.

In the future, the same technology could also be used to assist with elderly care, act as a baby monitor or even help track your sleep cycle and dreams. Firmware upgrades could turn the alarm clock you order now into so much more without needing to buy any new hardware.

You can pre-order the device on Kickstarter for as little $249 and receive it in September. The company isn’t offering any bulk-order options, but there are a few fun perks including brunch, a pool party or even two-days in Vegas with Wakē’s founders.

Wakē isn’t just a half-baked prototype. It’s already finished and working as advertised. Of course, delays are always possible if a component delivery runs late or some other issue pops up, but the company promises to keep its backers updated and respond to all emails as quickly as possible.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...