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Finnish academics have developed a mobile phone app which monitors sleep patterns and delivers a morning alarm when the user is naturally ready to wake up. HappyWakeUp® in a company action shot The "Arousal Phone" in action. Pic: Smart Valley Software. Called "HappyWakeUp®", the tech uses the phone's microphone to monitor …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Sleep cycles literally go in cycles so you reach the given state where it would wake you several times per night. So do I want to be woken at 3am?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    An arousal clock?

    I wouldn't need an arousal clock if Paris was around.

  3. Secretgeek
    Paris Hilton


    Heh heh heh. My girlfriend will testify that I've already got one of those thanks.

    I am so childish.

    Paris blatantly doesn't need a clock to be aroused.

  4. michael

    insert inuindo here


  5. Marvin the Martian

    Noise monitoring...

    So if you're sleeping with two in the bedroom, your partner being ready means your alarm goes off early? Cue more grumpyness, stress, fights in the morning.

    "Some days I wake up grumpy, but usually I let her sleep."

  6. Graham Marsden


    What would Phorm do with something like this?

    Imagine it monitoring your "arousal" and then auto texting you ads for condoms or Viagra!

  7. Tim Spence


    Whoppee! If your S60 device didn't empty itself of juice quick enough as it was, then run this app all night to guarantee a dead battery in the AM.

    Oh, and where is the iPhone version?

  8. Anonymous Coward

    Obligatory phone vibrate joke

    obligatory coat

  9. Tom Richardson

    Bollocks to that.

    I have to get up at 6.15 as it is - anything trying to wake me up before that may find itself being thrown across the room.

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  11. Eddie Edwards

    @ Secretgeek

    "My girlfriend will testify that I've already got one of those thanks."

    Yeah, but bear it in mind in case she ever becomes your wife.

  12. Joe K
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    Snake oil

    They say the phone has to be very near you to pick up your "noises".

    Should the phone not get squashed or knocked off the bed, it will be within easy reach to sleepily turn the alarm off and roll over for more sleep.

    I need my phone to be across the room when it goes off, so the walk over to it wakes me up. This thing sounds about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    light clock

    I find that clocks attached to a light, that progressively increase the light before the time you set the alarm, work really well. Besides, they are free of the "two persons" issue.

  14. Mike
    Paris Hilton

    Oo-er missus!

    Arousal Clock? Happy Wake-up? Sounds like room service at a Bangkok hotel

  15. Nic Brough


    I've had one of these for years. It's called a "WTF do you want at this time in the morning you $0&ding cat? Open the damn tin yourself"

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  17. Stewart Atkins


    [quote=AC]Sleep cycles literally go in cycles so you reach the given state where it would wake you several times per night. So do I want to be woken at 3am?[/quote]

    No, you set the phone's normal alarm clock for the time you wake up, the app reads this and wakes you up when you're ready WITHIN 20 minutes of the designated alarm time

  18. Geraint Jones
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    Several issues...

    Problems with two people in a bed, aforementioned issues with the phone being too far away for the mic to work, too close so that it's thrown when the alarm goes off...

    Not to mention the idea of having a mobile phone close to your head all night long (cue Twat-o-Tron responses to mobile radiation) and the studies that supposedly found that a mobile phone in the bedroom can disrupt sleep.

    Give me a standard alarm clock and let me be grumpy in the morning. Makes all those helpdesk calls so much more interesting...

  19. Mahou Saru


    I was scrabbling for my credit card and then I read what it actually does....

  20. Kanhef

    @ Nic Brough

    ROFL. The worst thing about that model is that if you have more than one, they never go off at the same time.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You stick it in your arse

    It stimulates your prostate to gentle arouse you into the world (if you are a man). I'm not sure where a woman would place the device.

    The Finns are really grumpy because it's always dark in winter. Actually, in my experience , waking up in Finland is stressful full stop.

  22. Daniel Silver badge
    Gates Horns

    How much?

    I guess it's not that big an issue (because I'm the only one that's raised it so far), but HOW MUCH??? 50 EUROS??? For a piece of software that basically just runs microphone input through an algorithm and links it to an alarm sound???

    Blimey. I'm in the wrong business - this and the $1000 pixel app for the iPhone clearly show that a fool and his pennies are easier to part than I thought.

    Devil Bill 'cos I wouldn't be surprised if M$ buys this tech to bundle in the next version of Windows Crapsta...

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