Does the Internet of Things necessitate more opportunities for distraction?
As technology progresses, objects of a previous era begin to fade into obscurity. Alarm clocks have been replaced by phones, which have allowed for more customized alarm schedules, but have also expanded the ritual of waking up into including checking e-mail, social media feeds, and other digital distraction. However, both traditional alarm clocks and phone apps suffer from awakening the user to campy tones emanating from tinny, unpleasant speakers.
The acoustic alarm clock is a small robotic arm that attaches to a guitar and plays a chord at a determined time. The guitar, if properly tuned, plays a pleasant, completely acoustic tone, allowing the user to awaken in an environment without portals to digital worlds, completely present in the current time and place.