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Senior Features Writer Charlotte Brook wakes up and smells the coffee with the ‘Sensorwake’
What does it do? Frenchman, alarm avoider and morningmisanthrope Guillaume Rolland dreamt of a world where one would be woken by the scent of breakfast, or perhaps a freshly mown lawn, rather than the ringing of a bell. That’s the concept of his invention, ‘Sensorwake’ – the world’s first smell- based alarm clock that wakes you with a pleasant, but potent, scent of your choice. The design is square, not dissimilar to a retro TV, with a digital clock face that glows.
How does it work? Firstly, choose your aroma: these include peppermint, cut grass, coffee, chocolate, croissant and ‘seaside’, which is evoked using actual sea water and a type of tropical Tahitian gardenia oil called monoi. These come in capsules, which last for 30 awakenings. Set the alarm and, as the hour to arise approaches, the scent is emitted. And if the perfume doesn’t do the trick, after three minutes, a jolly tune kicks in. Do I need it in my bedroom? If you find the traditional gong of an alarm clock traumatic, then this is a good alternative. If, like me, however, your instinct when awoken by the smell of something very strong is to panic that there’s a house fire, then maybe it’s not. £100, Harrods (harrods.com).