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Sensorwake clock wants to wake you up with scents, not sound

This alarm clock smells. No, literally.

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One of the most hated sounds in the world has to be the shrill siren of the alarm clock in the morning. But what if you could wake up to a pleasant scent instead? That's the thought behind the Sensorwake, which is a unique olfactory alarm clock. Insert one of six scent cartridges (ocean, lush jungle, croissant, coffee, chocolate or peppermint) in the slot, program in your wake time and you'll be awakened with the aroma of your choice.

Gallery: Sensorwake hands-on | 8 Photos

The invention of Guillaume Rolland, a French teenager who says he hates mornings, the Sensorwake raised over $200,000 thanks to a Kickstarter campaign earlier last year. Now the Sensorwake is also part of the Google Success Engine program, which is a way for the Mountain View firm to fund interesting and unique startups. As for why Rolland invented it, well, he said that alarms were a much too harsh way to wake up. "It's a personalized and more gradual way to wake up," he said. Apparently the scent-based alarm clock claims a 99 percent success rate at waking people up, so maybe he's onto something here.

Right now, the Sensorwake is still in production. It's partnered with Swiss fragrance manufacturer Givaudan for the different scents, with perhaps more to come in the future. It costs $109 (though there's currently a special pre-order price of $89) and will start shipping this May. It sounds pretty cool, just as long as those scents don't include "Farts" and "Porta Potty."

James Trew contributed to this report

Raised in the tropics of Malaysia, Nicole Lee arrived in the United States in search of love, happiness, and ubiquitous broadband. That last one is still a dream, but two out of three isn't bad. Her love for words and technology reached a fever pitch in San Francisco, where she learned you could make a living writing about gadgets, video games, and the Internet. Truly, a dream come true. Other interests include baseball, coffee, cooking, and chasing after her precocious little cat.
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