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Wednesday 25th January, 2006
I've finally found something sufficiently geeky gadgety to buy with my christmas gift money... an alarm clock...with a difference.

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Theory has is that human sleep consists of a cycle of repeating phases, the most famous being the REM sleep dreaming phase. One complete cycle lasts 90-110mins and you need 4 or 5 complete cycles a night.

The problem comes when you need to get up for work or another appointment. Depend on the time you actually get to sleep, your cycles may or may not be in phase with your alarm. If your alarm tries to wake you when you're in deep sleep it's really not a good time. You may feel awful, struggle to open your eyes or just be moody for the rest of the day. Presumably, if you have a fixed sleeping pattern your body gets used to it to some extent but if you have a late night (or even an early night) by just a few minutes it can make all the difference.

The Axbo alarm clock is unique in that it contains a sleep pattern monitor. As you sleep, it monitors your movements using a wireless sweatband peripheral. As you become more refreshed it can see it and it then triggers the alarm at the optimum time. This will be within 30mins of the time you set it to go off but never later. So if your alarm is set for 0700, it will wake you at any time between 0630 & 0700 based on the optimum time. You should wake easily and refreshed. Clearly it will wake you at the end of the previous cycle and stop you starting a new one.

For €200 plus carriage from Austria, it's a lot of money - but this is what gift money is all about. I'll report back on the results.

  1. 1) John Baxter Said: (25/01/2006 13:46:44 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    You need to keep us posted on this one - i.e. does it work!!!



  2. 2) Ben Rose Said: (25/01/2006 13:49:01 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    Will do's the 2 player mode that might be interesting...

  3. 3) Chris Fogarty Said: (25/01/2006 18:02:09 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    This sounds like the most useful thing I could ever get.

    I'm the worst at getting to sleep and subsequently waking from it.

    It could be the answer to all my prayers.

    Let me know how it goes


  4. 4) Isaac Hunt Said: (25/01/2006 20:24:29 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    Pha, Sleep is for pussies. I dont sleep, I lay and wait.

  5. 5) Steve Castledine Said: (25/01/2006 22:50:12 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    Wow - I want one (if it works) - I always wake up at the wrong time in the morning (feel crap) - my partner always wakes up at the right time (feels hyper).

    Nice name Isaac!

  6. 6) christ Said: (31/01/2006 11:03:08 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    This is the most wonderful gift I've seen ever. I must say you are a lucky fellow.

  7. 7) Phillip Deftereos Said: (13/02/2006 09:34:56 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    Any feedback on how this has worked for you?


  8. 8) Ben Rose Said: (13/02/2006 09:37:56 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    I'll write a proper update blog entry later in the week but, so far, I don't have a clock.

    Despite pre-ordering a unit, I've not been contacted by Axbo since the unit started shipping. I tried to order through their online shop but they are 'sold out'.

    I've sent them an enquiry email but haven't received a reply in, what is now, almost a week.

    Would you spend €200 with someone who has this level of service?

  9. 9) Isaac Hunt Said: (17/02/2006 14:39:33 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    I'm the real Isaac Hunt. Nice clock by the way!

  10. 10) Isaac Hunt Said: (17/02/2006 15:41:30 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    Is it on your birth certificate then? Becuase its on mine, you lot take the piss outa my name, but I have to live with it. Bunch of c***s.

  11. 11) Meg Said: (22/03/2006 23:31:26 GMT) Gravatar Image
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    I like #10 Isaac. He's funny.

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