Electroshock wristband to teach snoozers to get up

A wristband that delivers electroshocks to make chronic snoozers get up on time is seeking funding on Kickstarter.

The device, dubbed Alarmshock, uses classical conditioning to make the chronically over-sleeping individual associate hitting the snooze button with pain in a similar way that Pavlov’s dogs associated the sound of a bell with food.

After a couple of painful snoozing experiences, the technologists behind the device suggest that even the hard-partying teenager would force himself out of bed with the first sound of the alarm.

The wristband comes paired with a docking station, which should be positioned preferably in another room or at least a few metres away from the bed. The user sets the time to wake up on the station. When the alarm starts ringing, the user has to go to the docking station to disable the wristband before an electric shock ensues after two minutes. If the sleeper ignores the first shock, another, more powerful one will soon follow. The system also gradually shortens the intervals between the electroshocks to prevent the snoozer from missing appointments or being late for work or school.

“When I realised how much of my life I was wasting by hitting the snooze button, I knew it was time to do something about it,” said Callum Reece, founder and inventor of the Alarmshock wristband.

“The last straw was arriving late for a funeral; only to find out I was at the wrong one! I couldn’t leave because the casket was coming in at the time”.

The engineers say it is impossible to take off the wristband without connecting it to the docking station.

The crowdfunding campaign, which ends on 21 December, aims to raise £50,000 to finalise the design and deliver the first batch.

“For years, inventors and businesses have been coming up with different ways to wake people up,” the company said. “Everything currently on the market only wakes the user up. Alarmshoc takes this a step further by forcing the wearer not just to wake up but get up.”

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