Alarm clocks are an ever-present medium in our bedrooms. Many examples of innovative ones have emerged in the last 30 years, but in the last few years, thanks to smartphones, the change in the shape of alarm clocks has been radical – being digital, smaller and embedded in general purpose devices.
Those devices are constantly connected and allows us to be in touch with our social network, and to have a communication channel always open to the net.
Our starting point was to understand which is the relationship between sleep, sleeping technologies and trust. Trust was the main directive that we followed during our research.
We made qualitative interviews with Jens, Damindra and Samer and with them we co-create during the whole process.
After a series of brainstorming and feedback sessions with our users we came up withWakeup.me, a service that allows people to be connected during the wakeup moment.
The way the service works is very simple: before going to sleep the users should have an agreement in which they choose to become one the “Wakie” and the other one the waker. The “wakie” should trust his waker that on the day after will activate remotely the house appliances like radio and lights of the Wakie, creating a connection in one of the most intimate moment of the day.
This scenario was simulated with fully working prototyped appliances and a smartphone application.