Sensorwake is a smelly alarm clock

This isn't your average alarm clock; it wake you up using scents.

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Nothing gets me out of bed like the smell of coffee in the morning. Problem is, I have to get out of bed for that to happen. Now, thanks to the Sensorwake alarm clock, I can skirt that problem.

Instead of emitting a harsh beep or a merry melody, it diffuses scents in order to rouse you from your sleep. Available for pre-order now, it's expected to ship in June 2016 and to hit retail stores in November 2016. It costs $109 in the US. Australian and UK availability and pricing haven't been announced, but that's about AU$150 or £75 converted.


The cartridges remind me of plug-in air fresheners.

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The alarm clock works by using a cartridge, similar to how some plug-in air fresheners work. When the alarm goes off, it diffuses the scent for three whole minutes.

According to Sensorwake, you should be woken up by wafts of croissants (or whatever your aroma of choice is) within two minutes. After that, if you haven't rolled out of bed to turn it off, it'll beep like the annoying kind of alarm you tried to avoid in the first place.


Each cartridge has a lifespan of 30 uses.

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In total there are 15 scents, including coffee, money and mint. Each cartridge has a lifespan of 30 uses and can be purchased on the Sensorwake website. They cost $10 for two, so that's two months worth of smelly wake-up calls, and they're 100 percent recyclable.

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