You were probably jolted awake this morning by the god-awful beeping sound of your insufferable alarm clock.
Instinctively, you slammed down on the snooze button to grant yourself an extra few seconds of precious shut eye. Then, five minutes later, you hit it again, and again, and – holy crap! – you’re late for work!
Sound familiar? This is likely the average morning for many Canadians across the country. But in the middle of all that snooze-button pressing, have you ever stopped to think to yourself “there has to be a better way”? Because it turns out there is.
An alarm clock recently listed on Kickstarter is putting a new spin on an old idea. It’s called “Ruggie”, and instead of sitting on a bedside table, it’s actually a mat that lays on the floor near your bed. The only way to turn off its alarm is by standing on the mat, which means you literally have to get out of bed to make it stop.
Now, the snooze experts among us will probably just assume they could kick the mat in the morning while remaining firmly within the confines of their warm covers. But, no! Ruggie requires its sleepy users to stand on the mat for a total of three seconds before the noise will cease. So, say goodbye to the snooze functionality altogether and hello to more time in the morning!
That’s not the only problem Ruggie solves, either. That god-awful beeping sound we mentioned earlier? Ruggie does include that feature for those catching some heavy Zs, but it also includes a series of nature sounds. Or you can just plug the mat into your computer via USB and customize the sounds it makes by dragging audio files onto it. You can even set it up so Ruggie says motivational things to you after you wake up.
The bright, LED display built into the mat also activates whenever you step on it. If you need to take a middle-of-the-night bathroom break, Ruggie will essentially double as a night light so you can avoid turning on your harsh, regular lights. The mat is also super soft and fluffy, which is just what your feet will need in the morning.
If you’re interested, the retail price is estimated to be $100 when it becomes ready for delivery in September, but you still have until March 3 to back the project.
So go ahead, take back your morning.