Imagine having alarm clocks that stimulate our sense of smell instead of that of hearing – wouldn’t it be wonderful to be awakened by the lovely smell of delicious food like freshly-baked croissants and coffee?! A new technology by Sensorwake caters for just this: an olfactory alarm clock.
“Beeping days are over!”
Sensorwake, a start-up based in Pairs, promises that “the beeping days are over”. It recently revealed the unprecedented technology in the form of its first product, an alarm clock, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
We will not have to wake up to the annoying sound of our alarm clocks. Rather, the device allows the user to select an aroma of his choice to bring him back from the world of sleep; the release of the smell is timed as per one’s needs and wants.
It all started with a Google competition
Its creator, 19-year-old French engineering student Guillaume Rolland, won a Google Fair Competition thanks to his invention. Now, he has his own company and is taking pre-orders for retail units. Shipping of the products will be done this year itself. The clock will cost $109 and it uses scent capsules that need to be inserted into it. Each capsule is equivalent to “30 awakenings”, and will cost around $5. If the product is successfully sold, new buyers will be able to lay their hands on it.
The 6 aroma packages available include hot croissant, Espresso, tiare flower, cut grass and leaves, chocolate, and peppermint!
But, what about people who have such deep sleep that even the most delicious aromas might not always wake them up?! Rolland does claim that tests of his invention demonstrate how 99% of people can be woken up in 2 minutes. Still, if your nose is not stimulated within 2 minutes, a back-up beep will be triggered past 3 minutes.
All this sounds yummy, right?! We will now have to wait for the release of the alarm clock and eventually its reviews. Hopefully, it will live up to the expectations budding in our mind!