Abstract

An alarm clock that claims cognitive, as well as physical activity of the user without the need to refer to the screen has the potential to enhance the awakening habits of many people. Therefore, we did the sonic interaction design for an interactive alarm clock, called the Expergefactor. The Expergefactor consists of a game-like awakening challenge and a tactile snoozing interface. Both are based on an adaptive auditory feedback. In an informal evaluation, subjects could discover both components of the Expergefactor separately and were asked to answer several open questions about afterwards. It turned out that even though the participants did not find the challenge intuitive in the beginning, all were eventually able to deal with both the challenge and the snoozing timer in a proper way. We discovered that most participants showed interest to the idea of using an alarm clock like this, once it is fully developed.