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Is it the world’s most annoying alarm clock?

Posted at 7:10 PM, Apr 10, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-10 19:10:09-04

Getting out of bed in the morning can be the hardest job of the day for some people. And there are certainly plenty of snooze-button addicts out there.

That’s why the creator of the Ramos Clock wanted to design a clock that absolutely forces people to rise from the bed when the alarm sounds and the day is supposed to begin.

It is what the AP calls the "the world's most exasperating alarm clock."

It certainly goes the extra mile.

Unplugging it is a futile resolution because the battery will take over. The clock can store hours of juice.

The only  way to turn it off the incessant, and angry-sounding ring is to get out of the bed and enter a pin code on a wireless key pad, which is placed somewhere in another room.

It’s either that, or smash it. Although, with a $350 dollar price tag, it’s more likely you will learn to embrace the method.

Paul Sammut, who designed the clock, told the AP. "Now I wake up before it goes off. I subconsciously fear it and know I have to get up."

Sammut has raised over $150,000 via Kickstarter to fund the production of his clock, which should be available later this year.

Several features will be available in all models, once it is released.

From the Kickstarter page:

  • Knob time setting - No pressing buttons over and over again to set the time. A simple knob allows for quick and precise time setting.
  • Snooze Mode -  Ramos will still have an optional snooze mode! You can give yourself as many allowed snoozes as you want. Though once you run out of snoozes you’ll have to get out of bed.
  • Digit Cycling - The Nixie Ramos has a Digit-Cycling effect that is necessary for the health of the nixie tubes. We think the effect looks pretty cool, so we’re including it as an optional feature in the LED Ramos!
  • Lockdown Mode - Ever wake up early before your alarm goes off and decide to change the alarm to get an extra 15 minutes of sleep? With this feature enabled, 30 minutes before the alarm is set to go off Ramos will go into lock-down mode. At that point Ramos will not permit any changes to the alarm until it has been remotely deactivated. In the case that you genuinely get up early, you can just go to the Defuse Panel and pre-deactivate the future alarm.
  • Courtesy Mode - Don’t want to bother your significant other or roommates? With courtesy-mode enabled, the alarm goes off for only 10 seconds. It is then suspended for a minute. This gives you time to get out of bed and deactivate the alarm without annoying everyone else in the house. Although beware, at the end of the courtesy minute the Ramos alarm will come back in full force!
  • Defuse Codes - You'll be able to either use the date, or a 4 digit number that gets flashed on the clock that you'll have to memorize before your trip to Defuse Panel. A defuse code option asking you to punch in the number Pi to the 16th digit might also be in there.
  • Battery-Backed Clock - Power outage proof Ramos will stay fully functional for hours. It will also keep track of the time, day of the week, date, and leap years for about 9 years.
  • Auto-dim -  Don’t need your clock to be super bright at 3:35am? Not a problem: Ramos will automatically dim the lights at night if you want it to.
  • Ramp-up -  Personally I like to be forced out of bed and ushered into consciousnesses with the same urgency a doctor has while resuscitating a patient. If this isn't for you, just enable ramp-up mode, and enjoy a smoother transition into your day.

Already the clock has received accolades from various tech and gadget sites. What do you think? Are you the type of sleeper that needs the Ramos Clock?