There's nothing like the fear of mild torture to get you out of bed in the morning...
If you’re a long-time sufferer from the inability to drag your lazy behind out of bed in the morning, you’ve probably come to terms with the fact that you’re simply ‘not a morning person’.
But Shock Clock is here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a right-eyed and bushy-tailed morning person hiding somewhere inside all of us, we just have to find the right way to let them out. And according to the makers of Shock Clock, the answer is glaringly obvious…A wearable instrument of torture.
That’s right – prepare to leap out of bed faster than you’ve ever moved in your life, because Shock Clock is here to literally power-zap you into the day. Of course, its makers aren’t actually calling it an instrument of torture – instead opting for the less fear-inducing label of a ‘Wake Up Trainer’. Disguised as a silicone fitness tracker, Shock Clock is a wearable alarm clock that uses a fleetingly painful hit of electric biofeedback to train you to get up on time.
You might be relieved to hear that if Shock Clock is as effective as it claims, you wont actually have to take the daily zap for more than 5 days of initial wear. The whole idea is based upon aversion therapy, which relies on the assumption that our brains our hard-wired to avoid pain at any cost. If you apply that to the concept of Shock Clock, that should mean that once your brain realises that you get rudely zapped at 6am every morning, it will learn its lesson and make sure you’re awake at 5.58am to avoid the pain.
To give you at least a tiny bit of control over the whole unpleasant experience, Shock Clock’s phone app lets you toggle between pain levels to suit your level of sensitivity. Plus, the band will give you a warning before it unleashes its wrath, only actually resorting to its ultimate wake-up weapon if you’re still snoozing after a vibrate, then a beep.
Shock Clock has smashed its funding goal over on Indiegogo, and should be shipping to backers in September 2016 if all goes to plan. You can jump in line for an early bird offer here, with prices starting at $79 (£55).