(offtopic) Most people think it was the snooze, butno, no snooze

27 Apr 2005 - 5:05pm
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Nathan Vincent
2004

My mobile phone does not wake me up. Ever. I can sleep thru it's loudest
setting indefinitely (ok, like 2+ hours).

I have an old school alarm clock with physical bells on top that scares
me out of bed in the mornings. I hide it behind a fan in the corner of
my room so that I have to get up to reach it. Interestingly, the
difficulty of finding the tiny (badly designed, really) switch on the
back helps wakes me up.

As far as setting it goes, it has a single hand that you line up; kinda
like another hour hand. The accuracy is terrible, but near enough is
good enough. You can't set the alarm for more than about 11 hours in the
future, because you need to turn it to the 'on' position, and it
operates on a 12 hour cycle.

Why my $5 solution is great:

- it prohibits over-sleeping
- the fiddly switch helps me wake up
- there is no chance of an AM/PM mix up
- there is no power cable, so it's easy to position (hide) anywhere in a
room
- the cheap metal bells are loud as hell

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27 Apr 2005 - 9:29pm
Dave Malouf
2005

In an attempt to further deconstruct the problem towards a source ...

The issue I'm hearing from many is, "I'm really hard to wake up, so how
might my alarm clock do a better job of getting this sleepy-head out of
bed?"

None of us so far anyway have asked the more central problem of "How might I
change my lifestyle so that waking up is not just a traumatic ordeal?"

I'm just in the middle of reading a great NextD.org Journal entry w/ William
Tate who is starting a new pretty out there (in a good way) Architecture
School called Umbau. (http://nextd.org)

I think that pushing us to actually change the world, instead of creating
tools to fit the distresses and errors of society.

Anyway, the article inspired the above thought.

-- dave

28 Apr 2005 - 2:25pm
Anirudha Joshi
2003

Nathan wrote <Why my $5 solution is great:...- there is no chance of an
AM/PM mix up>

In fact, you always start now+ while setting the alarm, so that's a good
constraint. I had one of those when I was a student, and I lost it in
transit when I moved out of the hostel. Missed it for a long time.

I still wish it had a snooze function, though. I like to go back to
sleep after I have woken up, for a while. BTW, I too keep the mobile
phone far away enough that I have to get out of the bed to switch it
off. (I am told it helps reduce the brain damage caused because of
radiation, but that could be wrong.)

The other thing I wish to be able to differentiate is a normal day and
an extra-special day. On a normal day, I wake up (these days) at 6.30
am. If I am late by a few minutes, and if I shut off the alarm, I will
naturally wake up any ways - latest by 7 pm. But, say I have a morning
flight to catch, I must wake up at 4.30 am, else I miss my flight. The
experience needs to be very different. (its ok to wake up with a bit of
distress once in a while - its lot more distressful to miss your
flight). Also, how about a recorded message - 'wake up, you need to be
at the airport in' + "fourty five" + 'minutes'.

Anirudha

28 Apr 2005 - 2:57am
Rich Holman
2005

What about re-currency or semi-intelligent models?

My mobile allows me to set a recurrent alarm, for weekdays. Useful if
you get up at the same time and no need to panic at night when
wondering if you have set the alarm.

Could some form of learning be incorporated into an alarm, one that
modulates the alarm type and time slightly according to the day, i.e.
Monday - wake a little gentler, early alarm would mean shorter snooze
periods and more shrill tone. A special early meeting tone that speaks
your boss's voice?

Or as mentioned, change lifestyle....get to bed earlier, save the
drinking until the weekend.....

On 4/28/05, Anirudha Joshi <anirudha at iitb.ac.in> wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
>
> Nathan wrote <Why my $5 solution is great:...- there is no chance of an
> AM/PM mix up>
>
> In fact, you always start now+ while setting the alarm, so that's a good
> constraint. I had one of those when I was a student, and I lost it in
> transit when I moved out of the hostel. Missed it for a long time.
>
> I still wish it had a snooze function, though. I like to go back to
> sleep after I have woken up, for a while. BTW, I too keep the mobile
> phone far away enough that I have to get out of the bed to switch it
> off. (I am told it helps reduce the brain damage caused because of
> radiation, but that could be wrong.)
>
> The other thing I wish to be able to differentiate is a normal day and
> an extra-special day. On a normal day, I wake up (these days) at 6.30
> am. If I am late by a few minutes, and if I shut off the alarm, I will
> naturally wake up any ways - latest by 7 pm. But, say I have a morning
> flight to catch, I must wake up at 4.30 am, else I miss my flight. The
> experience needs to be very different. (its ok to wake up with a bit of
> distress once in a while - its lot more distressful to miss your
> flight). Also, how about a recorded message - 'wake up, you need to be
> at the airport in' + "fourty five" + 'minutes'.
>
> Anirudha
>
>
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1 May 2005 - 11:13pm
Lokesh
2005

pretty interesting discussion this one. My two cents on it:

I feel as products have started evolving, product developers (I am purposly
omitting the word product designers coz don't want to start a controversy on
this thread!), at times have tend to forget the basics for which the product
was designed in the first place and given more priorities on additional
features and stuff. Someone had mentioned about that school days alarm
clock. Till date, its one of the best examples of an alarm clock. The minute
it used to go off, it used to RING a bell in your mind...knocking the early
morning sweet dreams from your system.:) At the end of the day, that's what
it function was. No volume control, no other irrelevant knobs, date function
buttons etc. Just a simple red button that I had to press to switch it off.

The recorded message concept watch that Anirudha mentioned... I have seen
watches that, on pressing a button, says its 'x' hours and 'y' minutes. But
I wonder setting that kind of message for alarm clocks...will it work? To
shake u up from sleep...the kinda message that an alarm clock should have
shouldn't be a formal or soothing tone at all..it will never wake u up :) I
think it should be a shrill voice..like that of a hostel warden..:)

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Nathan wrote <Why my $5 solution is great:...- there is no chance of an
AM/PM mix up>

In fact, you always start now+ while setting the alarm, so that's a good
constraint. I had one of those when I was a student, and I lost it in
transit when I moved out of the hostel. Missed it for a long time.

I still wish it had a snooze function, though. I like to go back to
sleep after I have woken up, for a while. BTW, I too keep the mobile
phone far away enough that I have to get out of the bed to switch it
off. (I am told it helps reduce the brain damage caused because of
radiation, but that could be wrong.)

The other thing I wish to be able to differentiate is a normal day and
an extra-special day. On a normal day, I wake up (these days) at 6.30
am. If I am late by a few minutes, and if I shut off the alarm, I will
naturally wake up any ways - latest by 7 pm. But, say I have a morning
flight to catch, I must wake up at 4.30 am, else I miss my flight. The
experience needs to be very different. (its ok to wake up with a bit of
distress once in a while - its lot more distressful to miss your
flight). Also, how about a recorded message - 'wake up, you need to be
at the airport in' + "fourty five" + 'minutes'.

Anirudha

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