Come back here, you lil—


Sleep. Once the playground for the exhausted geek, now a wasteland of antiproductivity. Can you write code while you’re jumping over fences with sheep in green pastures? No. Are you studying organic chemistry books when your broken doll of a body lays in bed? No. Are you collecting minerals in order to mount a 6-minute push that’ll get your opponent to surrender and type GG? No.

Sleep when you die, man. Staying awake is the only way to get things done anymore, but then you may ask, “How do I get up if I have little or near to no sleep?” For those of you who operate on one-digit intakes of REM, there exists an effective waking mechanism for you (for those of you who don’t realize I’m joking, I’m joking! Sleep is UBER important, so make sure you get a lot of it!)!

Clocky, developed by MIT engineer Gauri Nanda, is an annoyingly (but effectively) loud and energetic clock on wheels. Why the wheels? So it can’t be turned off as you chase it around the room! Stats show that 40% of people ‘abuse’ the snooze button, ultimately hurting the typical alarm clock’s feelings and sense of purpose. When the alarm sounds for Clocky, however, he willwait for you to get up (until you try to get those extra 5 minutes), then will jump off of your nightstand (or roll off, for that matter), and run around your room, determined to get you up on time.

Two close friends of mine recently pitched in to buy me Clocky for my 20th birthday (awww!). It had quickly become apparent last year that waking up for early morning classes or engagements were not a particular personal strength. It was definitely a sweet gift; I’ve used it several times at home, to the dismay of my parents (who find my normal cellphone alarm annoying), but have turned off Clocky’s ability to run away at school since it elongates the torturous wake-up call that my roommate wasn’t quite fond.

The device functions as a regular alarm clock, except that it moves on its own power when the snooze button is pressed a second time. A microprocessor ensures that the device will move at a random speed direction, and around obstacles, using a different route each time. Large wheels on shock absorbers  extend beyond the top of the clock to protect it from impact should it roll off a nightstand. By the time the alarm sounds again the device is in a place unknown to the user, who is forced to determine where it is, and possibly walk to that location to press the snooze button again.

Haven’t had enough? Then there’s another friend that can keep you company in the mornings:

TockyNanda Home’s second generation moving alarm clock, was first advertised in 2010 and is Clocky’s “tech-savvy cousin.” Personally, I’m quite fond of this newer design with its more simple shape and design. Not to mention I have soft spot for all things circular and round (lol?).

Similar to Clocky, Tocky is a digital alarm but sports a changeable skin. It’s also spherical and thus rolls on its own body rather than on wheels. Another neat feature is Tocky’s ability to play mp3 files provided by the owner as it rolls around the floor. The default alarm is just as positively irritating as ever, but I can probably forgive it for how cute it looks as it rolls/wheels around.

Thus far, I haven’t been late to one of my classes, not counting this morning where I accidentally told Clocky to wake me up 12 hours later than I intended for. Totally my fault and not his.

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