Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Looking for a Few More Zzzzs? This Clock Won't Let You

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Looking for a Few More Zzzzs? This Clock Won't Let You

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HOBOKEN, N.J. -- There is no snooze button. If you unplug it, a battery takes over. As wake-up time approaches, you cannot reset the alarm time.

It could be the world's most exasperating alarm clock.

Once it goes off, to stop it you must get out of bed, go into the kitchen or bathroom, and punch the day's date into a telephone- style keypad. Its loud "ding-ding" is designed to sound like a customer angrily banging on a concierge bell at a hotel.

It was invented by Paul Sammut, a 25-year-old engineer who lives in Hoboken. During the day, he builds and researches underwater robots and vehicles at Stevens Institute of Technology.

He started working on the gadget because he was finding it hard to get up after college and make it to work on time.

"I wanted to make something that would essentially force me to get out of bed when I wanted to get out of bed the night before," Mr. Sammut said. "And I was thinking about ways of doing it, and I thought about how in high school I had the perfect solution to this, which was my mother, and how she would, if it was time for me to wake up, she would force me out of bed. …

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