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Dept. of Bad Ideas: 'Reverse Alarm' for kids

Clock supposedly uses icons to train sleeping habits, but we don't buy it


This is just sad. Technology is a wonderful thing, but there are times when it's just unnecessary--especially in parenting.

Take, for example, the "Reverse Alarm Clock," a prototype device from Carnegie Mellon University. Using icons such as the moon and sun, Electronista says, it supposedly trains kids to sleep and wake up at appointed hours. (Good luck with that.)

Apparently, some university researchers need to get out of the lab and spend a little more time around living beings, particularly families with small children. Otherwise, they'll continue to come up with ideas like the "Intellicot," which seems to take over basic parenting duties at a time when babies should be getting the most attention. What next, a robot to facilitate potty training?