Let’s face it, waking up is tough in the morning can be tough sometimes. This is why we have taken a spin on the classic alarm clock. We’re proud to introduce Wakr, the alarm clock for the social good.

What it does

Wakr is an alarm clock that aims to help you wake up in the morning in a different way. First, you place a coin before going to sleep on it, go to sleep and wait for the next morning. If you don’t wake up when the alarm sounds, an arm will reach to your money and keep it away from you until you complete a 21-day challenge without oversleeping. On the other hand, if you don’t leave money on the tray, a fixed amount will be donated to your preferred NGO. Wakr has a built-in “shame mode” that donates the money you’ve accumulated to your NGO if you open the case before reaching your goal.

How we built it

To build Wakr we haveused everything we had, hammers and saws, stepper engines, JavaScript + JQuery, Go Language and Python for the programming, Photoshop and Illustrator to design the UI.

Challenges we ran into

We ran into several challenges while developing and deploying the project. First of all, hardware, hardware, hardware. Getting your hands dirty implies tackling different obstacles, from engines that don’t turn to running around the city to fetch last-hour materials. We also faced design challenges while developing Wakr that had been solved on the go.

Accomplishments that we are proud of

First of all, we are proud of submitting the project on time, developing a piece of hardware always adds a layer of complexity to the problem. Managing to setup everything has been a challenge. We are also proud of being able to work together under pressure without having any internal problems.

What I learned

Prototyping techniques, consolidated web design fundamentals, mechanics.

Built With

Go, JavaScript, Python, Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML, CSS, Raspberry Pi

What's next for Wakr?

Full product development that would be a true asset for NGOs across the globe. Implementation of further gamification techniques and the feature of integrating it with your preferred social media platforms. Integration with AI that will wake up the users at the best possible time tracking their sleep routines and brainwaves.

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