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How about an alarm clock made out of paper?

That’s the idea that designer Miquel Mora came up with recently: a small digital alarm clock made out of paper which has been folded into a cube shape.

Mr. Mora is a Spanish-born designer who now lives and works in Paris, France.

Apparently Mr. Mora uses something which he calls Digital Paper which is a kind of paper with some basic electronic components built into it.

A simple cube-shaped alarm clock is created out of this digital paper.

When the alarm goes off, you simply squash the paper cube together to turn the alarm off.

Apparently, un-squashing or smoothing out the paper will enable you to reset and reuse the alarm again.

What’s interesting is that the simple electronics needed for the Paper Alarm Clock are printed directly on flat pieces of paper, which are then cut up and folded in order to put the alarm clock together:

The Alarm Clock is first printed as circuitry on a flat piece of paper.

The Alarm Clock is first printed as circuitry on a flat piece of paper.

Once the alarm clock has been constructed from a piece of flat paper, it has a glowing LED display, and it no longer looks as if it’s been made out of paper at all.

Once assembled, the alarm clock out of paper simply resembles a glowing LED cube. Pressing on an upper part of the cube will enable you to set an alarm for your desired time.

Once assembled, the alarm clock out of paper simply resembles a glowing LED cube. Pressing on an upper part of the cube will enable you to set an alarm for your desired time.

Finally, and the coolest thing about the Paper Alarm Clock, is how you turn it off. You simply squash the cube together, in the same manner that you’d squash together a letter you’d written on a piece of paper that you’d then decided to throw away…

That darned snooze button has me squashing up paper as if there's no tomorrow - and now my apartment looks like a Hamster cage!

That darned snooze button has me squashing up paper as if there's no tomorrow - and now my apartment looks like a Hamster cage!

Unfortunately, details about the alarm clock out of paper are scant at best, and it looks as if this product is, unfortunately, not yet being sold in stores.

Still, the idea itself is so cool and innovative that we couldn’t resist writing about it here on the Alarm Clock Blog!

According to Mr. Mora’s website, the Paper Alarm Clock was apparently one part of a larger project about Digital Paper which he named the Flat Futures Project. This project has not only been shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)  in New York, but has also now become part of that museum’s permanent collection. Congratulations, Mr. Mora!

So if you happen to travel to New York City, considering visiting MoMA to find out more information on the Paper Alarm Clock (more details here).

We write a lot about tacky, kitschy plastic alarm clocks that it’s truly a pleasure to report on something this interesting for a change.

We hope that Mr. Mora will consider making his Paper Alarm Clocks available commercially.

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