Breakfast-aroma alarm clock is a diabolical idea

Jan 13, 2016 at 12:27 p.m. ET
Image: Sensorwake

Waking up in the morning is a drag, especially when all that awaits you is a granola bar and a long commute.

But the SensorWake alarm clock, which emits a breakfast aroma in the morning to help you wake up, could change all that.

I remember sleeping in as a kid, and the only thing that got me out of bed on the weekends was the smell of bacon rising from the kitchen downstairs. As an adult, if someone starts making coffee, it's a surefire way to get me out from under the covers too.

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But that's where I'm conflicted about the SensorWake. Say you set it to "Bacon and Orange Juice," wake up to that delicious breakfast smell, then realize all you have on hand for breakfast is a box of bran sticks that, oops, you finished yesterday.

Or you're enticed into wakey-wake land by the aroma of coffee and croissants, via the "Continental Breakfast" scent, only to discover you're out of coffee (and haven't had a good croissant in years).

Even though the initial breakfast aroma-fueled wake-up would surely be divine, I feel like after a few days it could be a bummer. You know there's no freshly made breakfast waiting for you — why not just stay in bed?

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Good thing there are other options. You can be woken up with the scent of "VIP Lounge," aka the smell of money. Whether that motivates you to wake up and make the most of your day professionally (gotta rake in that dough!) or run screaming to the shower (money smells literally disgusting, and each bill has likely been touched by thousands of people), either way it seems like a solid wake-up strategy. Other available scents include Chocolate, Peppermint, Lush Jungle and Seaside.

If you're interested in the SensorWake, you're in luck. It's hitting stores this November, where it will retail for $109. If you're super anxious to get your hands on one, you can pre-order it now for $89. In the meantime, maybe you can set up an elaborate, electric skillet-to-alarm clock Rube Goldberg machine that will actually start cranking out breakfast when your alarm goes off.

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