I'm sure that I'm not the only one that goes through this routine each morning: Alarm clock goes off. Hit snooze. Snooze over, alarm clock goes off again; hit snooze again. Alarm clock is back; hit snooze again. Alarm clock sounds for the fourth time; hit off and fall asleep for another forty minutes. Get up about an hour and fifteen minutes later than planned and spend the entire day a few steps behind.
Unlike me, most people work at offices where running late means a little more than working a little later into the evening. It means getting fired and having no income. So, no matter how tempting it is to hit snooze time and time again, it's a rather poor decision.
Unfortunately, being half-asleep, still drunk from the night before and/or having a dream about something wonderful that will never possibly happen in real life have a way of making poor decisions for you.
To prevent this from happening, the Aphelion alarm clock design does something interesting: it wings a ball at your temple like a vengeful MLB pitcher backing you WAY off his plate. Actually, since you aim it, the ball won't necessarily come flying at your nose. In fact, it's not so much the flying projectile that's designed to wake you up, it's the fact that the ball is the snooze button. So the alarm clock will blare until you go get the ball and put it back. Of course, you could always unplug the clock or smash it with a nearby book, but by the time you figure that out, you probably won't be sleeping anymore. So this should prove a little more effective than the average alarm clock.
This interesting concept is kind of the opposite of a clock I had when I was a kid. Shaped like a baseball, that clock snoozed when you hurled it against the wall or dresser. The problem with that was that it'd usually roll under the bed or into some distant corner of the room and then you couldn't hear it when snooze was over.
Since the Aphelion base stays planted bedside, it would work more effectively than my baseball clock. Unfortunately for those that need the extra kick in the pajamas, or those that just feel there aren't enough catapults in modern living, this clock is but a design with no real world counterpart.
The Design Blog via Dvice