And now for something completely different is the latest entry to the Freetronics Instructables competition by member llopez2005 - a Bacon Alarm Clock. The goal of the project is to be woken up by the smell of hot bacon (or another flavour) and it's much safer than putting a bacon-loaded grill on a timer in your bedroom. Instead, the Arduino-powered device with a real-time clock IC will activate an electric candle warmer that contains the required scent which will be used to awaken the user.
Furthermore an LED matrix display is used to show the time and other relevant data if required. For complete details, check out the project Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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