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Squeezable Alarm Clock

An alarm clock that requires you to make a tight fist in order to activate the snooze.
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When a lot of people wake up, they sometimes (for whatever reason) find it hard to make a fist. Another common problem is the repeated, consecutive usage of snooze on alarm clocks in the morning. There should be an alarm clock that requires you to grasp a pressure sensor and squeeze it —hard —in order for the snooze to activate. Not only would this really wake you up, but it would also, over time, strengthen wrist muscles, eliminating early-morning hand weakness.
DrWorm, May 22 2010

Kind of like this... http://www.aiyafitn...ciser_hand-grip.jpg
A common exercise device. [DrWorm, May 22 2010]

+ this. http://www.istockph...red-alarm-clock.jpg
An alarm clock. [DrWorm, May 22 2010]

Trouble making a fist on waking up in the morning? http://www.ninds.ni...unnel.htm#115113049
[mouseposture, May 22 2010]

A lack of blood in the hand. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen's_test
[mouseposture, May 22 2010]

Prior Art _22Realistic_20Rooster_22_20Alarm_20Clock
[FlyingToaster, May 22 2010]


       //for whatever reason// <link>
mouseposture, May 22 2010

       In some cases, it actually might just be a lack of blood in the hand.
DrWorm, May 22 2010

       //a lack of blood in the hand// Requires some skill to do that <link>; I doubt it's happening accidentally.
mouseposture, May 22 2010

       It's not too difficult. My friends and I used to cut off blood flow to our hands for kicks. We would grasp someone else's wrist tightly just below the hand for 30 or so seconds. When you release the wrist, the rush of blood into the hand feels like a strong tingling sensation radiating out to the fingers.   

       Also, for people like me that sleep with their hand under the pillow, our hand is compressed for a few hours straight.
DrWorm, May 22 2010

       Not sure whether it's the hand getting compressed under the pillow, or the median nerve at the wrist. Anyway, the idea that exercising the hand would improve the symptom probably works better if it's carpal tunnel syndrome than if it's restricted blood flow. In neither case is it really the best treatment, though.
mouseposture, May 22 2010

       That's all you do? To keep my reflexes sharp, I usually try to catch a bullet left-handed every morning.
DrWorm, May 22 2010

       [21_Quest] I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that lying on the right side is very correct, according to a fatwa I just found via Google. Practicing left-handed shooting wasn't mentioned.
mouseposture, May 22 2010

FlyingToaster, May 22 2010

       [admin: The "Realistic Rooster Alarm Clock" is very funny, and does require squeezing to shut off - but I don't think that invalidates this general idea. There are aspects of the rooster clock that don't fall under this idea, and possible embodiments of this idea that wouldn't involve simulated strangulation of poultry. So, I'm ignoring the marked-for-deletion tag.]
jutta, May 29 2010

       // possible embodiments of this idea that wouldn't involve simulated strangulation of poultry.// I think that must count as a [-]
MaxwellBuchanan, May 29 2010

       I like this!   

       I use my phone for a wake-up but the snooze feature is far too easily activated. I often trigger the snooze when I'm trying to fumble for the proper "OK I'm getting up" button.   

       I'd like your idea to be implemented as a feature on mobile phones too, please.
Tulaine, May 29 2010


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