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Expressive Morning Alerts

The Smile Alarm Clock Forces Owners to Wake Up Early & Happy

— August 11, 2011 — Unique
Unless you’re a morning person, I’m sure most people wake up grumpy—that is unless you have the Smile Alarm Clock.

The Smile Alarm Clock is a morning alert that was designed by Kim Jungwoo, Ju Yongjun, Lee Jongmoo and Kim Taehwan. So far, people have seen the likes of alarm clocks that forces you to shoot at a target and answer trivia questions just to shut it up. This one works a little different though because instead of going through all that trouble, all you have to do is smile at it. There’s a sensor and a camera on the gadget that will determine if you’re happy enough at a grueling 7am wakeup call. That means no half-smiles; so if you really want to get the alarm to stop, you better pray you’re not hungover from the night before.
Trend Themes
1. Emotion Detecting Technology - Opportunity for innovating sensors and cameras that can detect emotions beyond facial expressions.
2. Smart Alarm Clocks - Development of alarm clocks with unique features focusing on mood, rather than traditional methods.
3. Sleep Technology - Innovations in sleep analysis and tracking, wearable technology and AI to create a seamless morning routine.
Industry Implications
1. Consumer Electronics - Application of emotion sensing technology into electronic gadgets and devices for better user experience.
2. Health and Wellness - Use of sleep technology to help people sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed and energized.
3. Hospitality and Travel - Incorporating smart alarm clocks in hotel rooms to enhance guest experience and enable seamless morning routines.
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