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Math-supported Alarm Clock

Use some maths to wake you up!
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I am one of those who has problems with the snooze button.I(as a student with flexible schedule),sometimes,can press the snooze button for an hour if I have nothing to do(that makes app. 15 times in my alarm clock). I noticed that what I need is some challenge to start the day. let your alarm clock ring for the first time.Then,after the first snooze,let it ask you some mathematics questions.basic operations,squares,roots...(derivatives and integrals if you want!).let the alarm clock beep gently in the interim period when you are trying to solve the problems. after some 2-3 questions,you will probably feel awake and will not need to go bed again.

the only drawback can be if you can not solve the problem(!) after dozens of trials. then, there can appear a hotline number on the screen for a maths course.

corkun, Feb 24 2004

(?) Carol Vorderman http://carolvorderman.me.uk/
Apparently she's a role model for women in science. Tsk. [hazel, Oct 04 2004]

Baked almost exactly 4 years later http://www.hackaday...f-your-alarm-clock/
Maybe they got the idea from here [krelnik, Feb 19 2008]


       Why did you delete my comment?
Worldgineer, Feb 24 2004

       Did you delete mine?
k_sra, Feb 24 2004

       Talk to us, [corkun].   

       What was yours, [k]? Mine was a suggestion to press the snooze button the correct number of times (limiting it to low integer answers), and for it to get more difficult each time you snooze.
Worldgineer, Feb 24 2004

       Sorry,I thought it was in a wrong directory.I moved it. looking forward to see them again.
corkun, Feb 24 2004

       Maybe it could reward you by letting you sleep.   

       [hit snooze]
<computerized voice>"Prove that for any integer 'n', x^n + y^n = z^n has no solutions for 'n' above 2"</cv>
<bleary Detly>*frantic tapping*</bD>
<cv>"Snoozing for 25 years..."</cv>
Detly, Feb 24 2004

       Heh. I bet there would be a power outage in that time, erasing your solution. "I dreamt of triangles, but I don't really remember what it was about. Oh well."
Worldgineer, Feb 24 2004

       I never added an anno. Sorry, Just joking. : )   

       Will the alarm clock provide you with paper and two number two pencils?
k_sra, Feb 25 2004

       It strikes me that this would be something like being woken up by Carol Vorderman every morning. For those of you who are not based in the UK I can only say that this would *not* be a pleasant thing.
hazel, Feb 25 2004

       I have enogh math to do in my life thankyou very much. Having math in bed would just be an annoyance.
WhirlyTwirley, Mar 31 2006

       That is the reason that alarm clocks exist, Whirly. They are supposed to be annoying and hard to ignore. They are supposed to wake you up.
DesertFox, Mar 31 2006

       I have a truly marvellous reply to Detly's anno. which this text box is too narrow to contain.
spidermother, Apr 01 2006

       When all else fails I read my kids long atricles about chemistry (Hydrogen or Aluminium), math or Signal Processing material. They usually fall asleep in minutes.
pashute, Apr 02 2006

       Somebody baked this as a homebrew project, see link.
krelnik, Feb 19 2008

       This is also baked in the form of smartphone apps.
notexactly, Mar 07 2018

       There's always the power cord you could pull.
RayfordSteele, Mar 07 2018


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