I found this item on Boing Boing and I think it is brilliant (like many other things to come out of MIT). This smart clock, called Clocky, was developed by Gauri Nanda, a Research Associate in the MIT Media Lab:
Clocky is, quite simply, for people who have trouble waking up.
the alarm clock goes off and the snooze button is pressed, Clocky will
roll off the bedside table and wheel away, bumping mindlessly into
objects on the floor until it eventually finds a spot to rest. Minutes
later, when the alarm sounds again, the sleeper must get up out of bed
and search for Clocky. This ensures that the person is fully awake
before turning it off. Small wheels that are concealed by Clocky’s shag
enable it to move and reposition itself, and an internal processor
helps it find a new hiding spot every day.
like being told when to wake up but I’ve come to terms with the idea
that I have to. In designing Clocky, I was in part inspired by kittens
I’ve had that would bite my toes every morning. Clocky is less of an
annoying device as it is a troublesome pet that you love anyway. It’s
also a bit ugly. But its unconventional look keeps the user calm, and
inspires laughter at one of the most hated times of the day.