The 1882 "Device For Waking Persons From Sleep" Patent

The 1882 "Device For Waking Persons From Sleep" Patent

And you probably think your alarm clock is annoying. The idea behind this 1882 patent for a "device for waking persons from sleep" actually drops things on your sleeping head. A spindle inside the clock released a hook, attached to which was a string that held up 60 small pieces of wood assembled in a block. The sleeper would be awoken by this falling wooden block.


Key Facts In This Video

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    See the 1882 patent design for an alarm clock: (0:13)

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    An early vacuum cleaner was powered by two pedals strapped to the bottom of the operator's feet. (0:31)

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    See the patent design for an automated hat tipper: (0:44)

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