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Brief Published: 2 Jun 2015

Scent-Based Alarm Clock


SensorWake, a new alarm clock from French entrepreneur Guillaume Rolland, is designed to help people wake up gently to their favourite scents.

The alarm clock, which has so far raised over €68,000 ($74,565) on its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, comes with a range of recyclable scent cartridges, which will wake users up within two minutes of emitting scent, according to the developers.

Rolland and his team have worked with Swiss fragrance specialist Givaudan to emulate the scent of espresso, warm croissants, tropical flowers and freshly cut grass. Pre-orders of SensorWake will ship in November 2015 and are expected to retail at €109 ($119), including a pack of two scent capsules.

Sleep-deprived consumers are increasingly turning to sleep tech to help track and make the most of limited sleep. Meanwhile, tech developers are amping up both extraordinary and everyday experiences with multi-sensory stimuli, including scent and touch – see Sensory Science for more.