Something you may not know: Most alarm clocks can really take a hit. If you buy a decent one, you can whack them on the floor, bring your fist down on them, all sorts of abuse, and they’ll keep going. Why? They’re deliberately built that way because everybody hates them. A squat brown device making obnoxious electronic farting noises at you? Every weekday? What’s to love?

Baboomi is an alarm clock that wants to change how you wake up. Instead of your phone chiming at you, or your alarm clock kicking off your morning with rage, your pillow slowly wakes you up with pleasant vibrations.

Here’s how it works: First, you design an alarm “timeline” using the software for Mac, Windows and Linux, so that as the right time approaches, you can slowly be awoken, instead of being jerked out of sleep. Then, you pop the Baboomi tile off its charger; it gets powered up through induction charging, so you just need to get it on the base. Next, you slip the tile in your pillow and drift off.

Once the next morning rolls around, the timeline starts to kick in and you’re slowly awoken according to your plan. It’s a lot better than getting kicked out of that dream with the midgets and the Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man by an air siren, that’s for sure.


What’s nice about this is that it’s portable and designed to be hauled around with you; if you go on a lot of business trips, or just like to have your own alarm clock available, you can put this in your luggage and be all set. And it’s not going to break your wallet, either, at $139 for a unit. You can currently find the Baboomi over on Kickstarter.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.