WEBDESK: Human beings are a specie that keep on pushing their limits. Whether it is in search for life on other planets or to invent an alarm clock that wakes you up with your favorite fragrance.
Eighteen-year old Guillaume Rolland hated the noisy blare of his alarm clock every morning, so he invented SensorWake, the world’s first alarm clock that wakes up users with their favorite scents.
Challenge Rolland faced
“Credibility was the biggest challenge,” Rolland said. “When you’re 18, everyone just says it’s a project. It’s not a joke. It’s a serious product.”
SensorWake isthe world’s first alarm clock that wakes up users with their favorite scents.
Rolland is the youngest person ever to fund a Kickstarter campaign in under 48 hours. The young entrepreneur set up a Kickstarter campaign initially asking for about $50,000 to develop a prototype. To date, the device that pledges to “make your mornings happy” has raised $193,337. The campaign ends Tuesday.
He is also listed among the top 15 “inventions that can change the world” at Google’s Science Fair, making him the first French person ever recognized at the annual global event due to his invention.
Givaudan Fragrances Corporation, the leading fragrance company in the world, is Rolland’s business partner. The two paired up to produce the capsules and made sure that the recyclable capsules release aromas that are allergen and solvent-free.
What if you don’t wake up with the scent?
“In the unique case where you don’t press the ‘stop’ button in three minutes, the clock releases back-up audio,” Rolland said.
The Sensorwake team is currently five people strong, but Rolland wants to recruit more manpower from the US and UK since those are the targeted selling areas. He’s also taking a year off from the University of Technology of Compiènge, a French engineering institution, to focus “100 percent on the project.”
The SensorWake classic, two capsules included, hopes to be available for retail next summer for $89.
Source: Business Insider