BedBud is a new alarm clock which aims to remove smartphones from the bedroom and end snooze button abuse.
Unlike the well-worn snooze button on your current alarm, or the 15 different alerts set between 6:15 and 6:45 on your smartphone, BedBud will only stop ringing if you actually get out of bed and start your day. Get back in even for a moment, and the alarm will go off again.
Created by AtLast Industries of Michigan, US, the BedBud Alarm sits under your mattress and uses sensors to work out when you are in bed and when you get up. Each morning, the alarm will continue to sound until you get out of bed and start your day.
The device can be configured through an iPhone and Android app to stay active for as long as you like. Set it to one hour, for example, and the alarm will sound every time you get back into bed for 60 minutes after you were supposed to get up.
You could set it to longer, but wanting to return to bed after an hour is something even the smartest alarm probably can't help you with.
BedBud is made up of a 3D-printed alarm unit and two sensors daisy-chained together. These are placed under the mattress by your feet and, once calibrated, tell the smartphone app how much weight is on the bed. If you have a partner, the manufacturer claims using one sensor will make sure your alarm goes off on time, but the person next to you can go back to sleep undisturbed. Unless they roll over to your side, presumably.
Work began on BedBud in July 2015 and the company hopes to begin delivering the finished product to early adopters between January and March 2018. The company has just launched a KickStarter crowd-funding page with the goal of raising $98,000 (£76,000) to produce it.
The BedBud will cost $99 (£76, €89) for one sensor and $109 for two, but those donating money through KickStarter can purchase the systems for $64 and $74 respectively. The product can be shipped to anywhere in the world, the funding page says.
Don Rhoads, owner of AtLast Industries, said: "Suppliers, app development, and logistics are all ready to go. All that is needed is your support...I postponed the Kickstarter for as long as I did because I was working to alleviate as many uncertainties as possible. I have teamed up with the correct companies on design, manufacturing and fulfilment, and I feel we are ready to work through any hiccups that may arise."