A better alarm clock - one that focuses on waking you up comfortably, instead of ruining your morning. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on September 27, 2013.
About this project
We were able to drop the price and the goal!
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What is Baboomi?
A Better Alarm Clock
Baboomi is an alarm system that was designed from the ground up to be the best way to wake up in the morning. Instead of sitting on the nightstand and buzzing until you slap it in frustration, Baboomi goes under your pillow and wakes you up comfortably and gently using vibrations that you can completely customize.
Universal and Customizable
Baboomi does not follow the "one size fits all" approach that most alarm clocks have followed since the Digital Age began. Using the intuitive alarm timeline design system, you can make an alarm that will wake you up exactly the way you want. Almost everything is customizable, including: strength, pattern and frequency. The Baboomi app for Android and iOS will be downloadable for free on iTunes and Google Play. The Windows, Mac and Linux software will be downloadable directly from our website. Advanced users will be able to write their own scripts that can control the hardware directly using our open-API.
Extremely Easy to Use and Safe
When the Baboomi has woken you up, just set it back on the base where wire-free induction charging will prepare it for the next use. Baboomi is completely self-contained and has no exposed wires or connectors, meaning that it is safe and also highly water resistant.
Baboomi is thin and should not be felt under any normal pillow. Unlike similar vibrating alarm clocks that you may wear, you won't even notice it is there.
Baboomi will be completely assembled by us. Every single Baboomi will be meticulously tested for any problem or abnormality. Because of this, we guarantee your Baboomi for a year. Ship it back to us at any time for any reason and we will either fix the problem or ship you a brand new one.
Who should use Baboomi and why?
Baboomi was born out of our frustration with other alarm clocks. Buzzing, beeping and screaming doesn't really start the day off right. Other alarm clocks seem to focus on just making sure you wake up and they do this by simply being annoying as possible. Sleep is something that should be peaceful, and waking up should be peaceful too. For some people, these alarm clocks are a helpful solution because they may find it hard to get out of bed in the morning. But, for others who have no problem waking up, Baboomi can be your way of waking up better. You have to make that appointment, you have to get to work, you have to get to class...you have to wake up. So, why must your alarm clock violently wake you up, as most alarm clocks are focused on doing? This is why my brother and I designed the Baboomi - we simply wanted a better way to wake up.
If you are someone who wants to be gently and comfortably woken up every morning how you want, then the Baboomi is for you. It is not complicated to use and the customization is intuitive and simple.Your first morning with Baboomi will be a much happier experience.
A Private Wake Up Call
Are you someone who doesn't want to wake up your significant other every morning? With some customization, Baboomi will just wake you up, while leaving your significant other soundly asleep.
For the Hearing Impaired
Because Baboomi uses vibrations and does not rely on sound to wake up the user, it can be very useful for those who are hearing impaired or deaf. Baboomi's customization makes sure that these users will be able to find a setting that wakes them up comfortably.
Better than Any Other Vibration Alarm Clock. Period.
There are other vibrating alarm clocks on the market. Some sit on your nightstand, using the vibration to produce a noise instead of actually using the vibration to wake you up. Others must be worn on the wrist and can obviously be very annoying. Some even have wires that run into your bed, creating a very serious safety hazard.
My brother and I also tried using our smartphones for a wake up alarm. This was not a good solution because we couldn't control how much it vibrated or how it vibrated. That is why Baboomi is completely customizable. Also, like most people, we charge our phones at night and the cord in our bed created a serious safety hazard.
Baboomi does not touch you, and you cannot feel it under your pillow. The point is: Baboomi does not change anything about how you sleep, it just makes waking up better.
Baboomi is comfortable, safe, extremely customizable, easy to use, self contained, rechargeable and lasts for days without a charge. This means it is like nothing else available.
Customization of your alarms is easy and quick. Here is how it works:
Set up a new alarm.
Set up the details of the alarm using a timeline that maps out what the Baboomi will do exactly. You can even put the Baboomi in test mode to try out different settings without making an alarm.
Set it as the active alarm and the light on the Baboomi will show that an alarm is active! If you take the Baboomi off the base without setting a new alarm, it will automatically set the last used alarm as the active alarm. It is that easy!
Here is a video showing how to set up an alarm on iOS:
Here is another video showing how to customize an alarm timeline on our PC application:
The Linear Actuator
The main reason that Baboomi can offer so much individual customization is through the use of a custom designed linear actuator. With a linear actuator, the frequency and strength of vibration can be controlled independently. This makes the linear actuator ideal for Baboomi because it allows for complete customization, unlike a traditional vibrating motor.
Vibrating motors are designed to vibrate in a circular pattern around the axis of the attached counter weight. The only control you have over a vibrating motor is its speed. As you increase the motor's speed, you increase the frequency as well as the amplitude. This severely limits the amount of customization.
Baboomi will be produced immediately after funding is successful and no time will be wasted. Here is our timeline:
One of the most important goals of creating Baboomi is making it an affordable product. We need your support to make the Baboomi at such an affordable price, while still making a quality product. We are putting every penny of the money raised from this Kickstarter in costs for tooling, components, shipping, packaging and labor. We know this is ambitious, but we believe that the product can actually help people have a better morning. If the project is successful, we will keep you up to date with exactly what is going on.
Baboomi will play a very important role in your life. That is why it will be assembled completely by hand and overseen by Jeff, an electronic engineer with over 30 years in product design experience. Your Baboomi will come with a year warranty. We guarantee that every single Baboomi will work right, and if it doesn't, we will fix it completely free of charge (as it should be). We will keep you up to date with everything we are doing.
The Other Rewards
- Wi-Fi - 802.11 b/g (WPA/WPA2-PSK support)
- Wi-Fi range of 100-300ft
- Wireless Induction Charging
- Custom Linear Actuator for Vibration
- 3 – Axis Accelerometer
- RGB LEDS for visual feedback and status
- Rechargeable Battery for up to 2 days use between charges
- AC adapter with USB output
- USB port for User Device Charging
- Developer friendly API
- Wireless automatic software updates
- ARM Cortex M3 Processor
- Water resistant
- RoHS, Pb-free
Risks and challenges
Fully functional prototypes of Baboomi have already been created and tested. We have already begun the development for the apps on both Android and iOS as well as the program on Windows. We are extremely confident that there will be no delays in our development, however, as with creating any product, delays from the manufacturers can arise.
Whatever happens, we promise to make sure that you are completely aware of what is going on. Also, as stated above, each Baboomi will be completely guaranteed to work for a year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The app will be available for free on iOS, Android and Windows on their respective stores. The PC application will be available for Windows, Mac and Linux from our website.
Baboomi will come with a USB power adapter that can handle 100V-240V and 50hz-60hz. It will come with a US to EU power plug converter by request for European backers. You can request it at the end of the project during the post-funding survey.
Yes! Since Baboomi will wake you up only through customizable vibrations, it is perfect for those who are hearing impaired. If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to message us.
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