Bacon Alarm Clock Won’t Burn Your House Down

Bacon Alarm Clock

If you have trouble waking up in the morning then maybe this alarm clock is for you. A bacon-aroma-releasing alarm clock!

Fueled by her love of bacon, Instructable’s user [llopez2005] decided she wanted to try making an alarm clock that would actually get her out of bed, hungry, and ready for bacon. Instead of trying to design a clock that would actually cook bacon — which might be a bit dangerous — she’s found an extract of bacon aroma which she could slowly release instead.

The clock makes use of an Arduino Uno with a RTC shield as well as a LED array for the clock’s display. The “bacon” is actually made out of bake-able clay, which sits on top of unscented wax, infused with the bacon aroma oil. The bacon and “bacon grease” sit in a baby frying pan over top of a small heater element designed for warming candles. Before the alarm goes off, a SSR turns on the element which slowly melts some of the wax, releasing its ever so delicious scent.

What we really like about the clock is the level of detail she put into its appearance. The base is designed after a small wood burning stove they have in the house, and she’s even made a Plexiglas display case for the frying pan — with holes to let the aroma out though of course!

Comments

  1. Tim says:

    It has the added benefit of burning you when you reach for where the Snooze button should be.

    • florinc says:

      There are no buttons. It is controlled through Bluetooth (with an Android phone).

    • George Johnson says:

      I hit the snooze button one time, and there was a wasp sitting right on top of it. Thought I burned myself with a cigarette somehow. Then a few seconds later… YEOW!!!!!!

      Boy did THAT wake me up!!

      Ever since then, I never hit the button, I just ignore it.

  2. Z00111111 says:

    I think that is a horrible idea. I can think of nothing crueler than lolling someone into a false sense of bacon, only for the stark reality of a lack of prepared bacon to come crashing down with consciousness.

    Apart from that little criticism, I really like the fake bacon, and that once the wax melts it would look like real bacon frying in it’s own fat. The perspex case could do with a redo though. Perhaps using a bender such as: http://hackaday.com/2014/03/06/make-a-plastic-bender-using-stuff-you-already-have/#more-116382 and flame polishing the edges.

  3. genki says:

    What happens if you were so deep in sleep that you end up sleep-walking to the smell of the bacon and ate the fake bacon?

  4. heathap says:

    yeah I’m ganna go ahead and say (despite the obvious fire hazard) I don’t think I’d trust pork left out overnight either…

    • no name says:

      Yeah I’m gonna go ahead and say I don’t think I’d trust someone who replies without even reading the post

    • andarb says:

      Even if your post is irrelevant to the actual article, bacon is supposed to be a cured meat, the purpose of which is to avoid the need for refrigeration! Most modern bacon isn’t cured properly to allow that though.

  5. Hirudinea says:

    Where can I get Ham & Eggs & Coffee scent?

  6. jpnorair says:

    I absolutely love it, but you are going to get used to it in a week or so. It’s the curse of being a night-owl. I keep a Red Bull on the side table and chug it when the alarm goes off… I’ve found this to work better than anything else.

  7. George Johnson says:

    Mmmmmm bacon!

  8. Thinkerer says:

    That’s *so* 2009… http://mattysallin.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/wake-n-bacon/

    Actually I should think the easy way would be to slide a bit of bacon under the hot part of your timed coffee maker. Coffee + bacon = heaven. Never mind the mess…

  9. braddo says:

    The love of bacon in me is strong, but when I was staying in a long term business hotel my room was directly over the kitchen and got the whiff of real bacon (and fake eggs) every morning in huge proportions. Thought I was in heaven for a couple of weeks but for the other 4 months it was nightmarish. Had no effect on long term love of bacon though, only temporary.

  10. Pete says:

    hmm no bacon when you wake up just the smell defeats the reason for getting up imho

  11. Change out the frying pan for the “I’m Bacon” doll…

    Starts out softly saying: “I’m Bacon”

    and after awhile, if you don’t get up it changes over the Annoying Orange mode…

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