"The Best Guests Come Bearing Gifts"....The WAKE n' BACON

by Rachelle Hruska · February 4, 2009

The WAKE n' BACON. I am NOT a morning person.  In fact, I'm probably the hardest person to get going in the AM that you have ever met.  I'm also a semi-practicing vegan.  This would be a very very bad gift choice to give me for a birthday present.  However, I can think of a couple of bacon lovers that would use this religiously and be very satisfied each morning upon waking up to a crispy piece of bacon!  The device has already been featured in the NYTimes, Good Morning America, and numerous websites.  Click below for full description.....

By Matty Sallin, Daniel Bartolini, Hsiao-huh Hsu

WHAT: An alarm clock that wakes you up with the smell and sizzle of cooking bacon.

WHY: No one likes to wake up, especially by an alarm. This clock gently wakes you up with the mouthwatering aroma of bacon, just like waking up on a Sunday morning to the smell of Mom cooking breakfast. Unless you're Jewish.

HOW: 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.