Was This the World's First Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock?

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As long as you don't take the sun into consideration, this 18th century contraption could very well be the world's first alarm clock that uses light as a wake up trigger, instead of sound.

A spring-loaded mechanism triggered by its built-in clock releases a flint-lock that lights a pop-up candle. So if you needed to rise before the sun was up, you didn't have to fumble your way out of bed in the dark looking for a way to light a candle. Brilliant! [The British Museum via Neatorama via Wunderkammer]

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Carlos Bacco

Or you can burn someone's house at the desired time.