None of us get enough sleep; that’s pretty much an accepted fact. One of the ways we fool ourselves into thinking we’re extending our time in bed is by hitting the snooze button, but there comes a point when you have to stop that and get up or you’ll be late. In my industry, being late means being replaced for the duration of the job whether that’s a few hours or a few weeks, so I’ve been on a neverending quest to find an alarm clock that will guarantee to wake me up on time.

The Chipper Alarm could very well be the thing I need. Instead of being just a bedside alarm clock, Chipper uses a capacitive sensor strip placed underneath your mattress as its off switch. Which means you can’t just blindly reach out and hit something to make it stop; Chipper will not stop going off until you physically get out of bed and the strip senses your weight has been removed. And don’t go thinking you’ll just get up for a second and then fall back down, because Chipper will start going off again and will not stop until you’ve gotten up for real.

This video explains how it works a little better:

Granted, the Chipper Alarm won’t prevent you from moving to the couch, but most of us, especially knowing we really do need to be up, will just give in and stumble toward the coffeepot at this point. If you’re anything like me and have been known to set three separate alarms… and then hit snooze on all three of them for more than an hour… the Chipper Alarm could become your new best (most hated) friend. It connects to your phone’s alarm via Bluetooth, and is powered by a USB wall adapter.

Unfortunately, Chipper Alarm is just a concept for now, developed by a group of students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in hopes of taking it to Maker Faire in San Mateo this year. But they do hope to make it a commercially available product in 2016.

Source: CoolThings

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