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Jump start your ambition. Reconnect with powerful motivating forces such as financial instability, social insecurity and fear of death.
Jump start your ambition. Reconnect with powerful motivating forces such as financial instability, social insecurity and fear of death.
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Nothing gets you up in the morning like the things that keep you up at night.
Nothing gets you up in the morning like the things that keep you up at night.
                                                                                                        

alarmclock's bright 2-bit LED screen, charming retro animation, and rich wood enclosure work in harmony to energize your morning. 

alarmclock reports motivating data about your financial status, the size of your social networks, and your projected life expectancy. 

alarmclock arms you with the facts, so you can start each day unencumbered by fantasy or wishful thinking.

Activate "go" triggers such as financial instability, social insecurity and fear of death.
Activate "go" triggers such as financial instability, social insecurity and fear of death.

How much money do you have?

alarmclock displays the financial data you choose - from account balance to investment performance to 401k - via API or by securely connecting to financial institution.

 How many friends do you have? 

alarmclock quantifies social network data, creating an aggregate number which represents the scope and size of your social world at it’s widest.

How much time do you have left?

alarmclock displays a projected life expectancy in days - based on age, health, lifestyle, diet, family history and other factors.

A daily reminder that life is hard, deal with it.
A daily reminder that life is hard, deal with it.
                                                                                                                     

alarmclock's flush-mounted smoked glass mirror faceplate frames a custom 8x32 array of 2-bit LEDs. The enclosure is hand-built from FSC-certified bamboo by PHAW custom woodworks in the borough of Bronx, New York.

ALARMclock arms you with the facts.
ALARMclock arms you with the facts.
                                                                                                                   

Set up a WiFi connection and customize alarmclock features from your desktop, phone or tablet. Future updates will offer a broader range of motivational data; such as deforestation rates, or box office receipts.

ALARMclock can only help you, if you help ALARMclock.
ALARMclock can only help you, if you help ALARMclock.
                                                                                                                  

Chip: Raspberry Pi - Model B, Processor: Broadcom 700 MHz, Memory: 512 Mb SDRAM, Display: Bi-color 8x32 bi-color LED grid displaying red, green and yellow, Connectivity: Wifi, USB 2.0, Power Supply: 110V.

                                                           

alarmclock was designed and built by Alexis Bedoret, Ryan Gury, Todd Sussman and Al Kelly of Fig, and Dan Sperling of PHAW custom woodworks.

 

alarmclock was inspired by the demands of starting a small business in the murky and unforgiving economic climate of 2012.  By February 2013 we had a working prototype and had begun approaching partners to design and build the case. We had a bottleneck issue with the Arduino even with my proprietary data compression method. Raspberry Pi platform solved it but we need a more specialized and cost-effective CPU.  Alex Bedoret, Lead Engineer. 

Timeline: By early December have hardware platform sourced, with component and case manufacturing in progress, and software and control panel approaching final development; all moving toward a planned January 2014 ship date. Yes we would like to ship alarmclock in time for the holidays but it is, as Alex would say not possible. 

  

Risks and challenges

Each ALARMclock is hand assembled with love. Including labor and materials for the enclosure each clock costs nearly $100 to produce. The screen consists of four resourcefully interconnected 8x8 LED display units and a stock Raspberry Pi processor. With your help, sourcing a higher-bandwidth 8x32 display module and a more specialized processor would create efficiencies that would help us lower total cost of each clock to under $50.

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    An ALARMclock app for your iPhone, plus a screen-saver version of ALARMclock for your OSX computer. Same life-affirming data and colorful graphics. No beautiful hand-crafted wooden enclosure or smoked mirror faceplate.

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    A fully functional complete ALARMclock unit, with FSC-certified bamboo enclosure, custom 8x32 bi-color display, smoked glass faceplate, easy web-based control panel, usb cord and plug.

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    INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: A fully functional complete ALARMclock unit (same as above), but with added shipping cost for international backers.

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    Last Chance Edition: A fully functional complete ALARMclock unit, with FSC-certified bamboo enclosure, custom 8x32 bi-color display, smoked glass faceplate, easy web-based control panel, usb cord and plug.

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