Bacon-Flavored Alarm Clock

August 6, 2008


I hate alarm clocks.  You know when you get used to waking up at a particular time and then your cabesa will wake you up automatically 30 seconds before your alarm goes off so that your eyes can stare at the glowing numbers about to tick over and scream at you?  I hate that.  However, I love bacon.  Enter the Wake n Bacon that wakes you solely to the silent, delicious smell of simmering bacon.

Here's what the guys that hacked it did to deliver you into the sweet embrace of morning bacon.

A frozen strip of bacon is placed in Wake n' Bacon the night before. Because there is a 10 minute cooking time, the clock is set to go off 10 minutes before the desired waking time. Once the alarm goes off, the clock it sends a signal to a small speaker to generate the alarm sound. We hacked the clock so that the signal is re-routed by a microchip that in responds by sending a signal to a relay that throws the switch to power two halogen lamps that slow-cook the bacon in about 10 minutes.