The Tyrant Clock from Alice Wang uses a particular method to awake its host: for every three minutes after it first rang, it will dial a random number on the sleeper’s cellphone.
The possible humiliation resulting from this should be enough reason to get up. This negative reinforcement, which totally goes against Pavlov methodology, could be an excuse to wake up even before the fatidic ‘Beep Beep Beep’ sound.
This cruel gadget exists only as a gadget for now. Maybe one day a company will be interested to approach Ms. Wang to commercialize some of her ideas, but for now, it is impossible to acquire the Tyrant Clock. Bummer!
Michael Bertiaux [August 7, 2008]
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