This Alarm Clock Wakes You Up With Scent of Your Choice

Waking up is hard to do. We've written before about some of the ways innovators and entrepreneurs are working to ease the rocky daily transition (we'll take all of the coffee, please). The latest development in slightly-less-unpleasant wakeup calls encourages you to follow your nose out of bed, before you put it back to the grindstone.

SensorWake gradually rouses users with a scent of their selection, plugged in before bed. At the designated time, the alarm releases the fragrance in order to gently wake you. (If you have a stuffy nose or are particularly deep in slumber, a traditional alarm will go off after three minutes.) The capsules—which are 100 percent recyclable—come two to a package and last about 60 uses each. The options are:

Continental Breakfast: Espresso and Hot Croissant

Candy Rush: Sweet Peach and Strawberry Candy

Enjoy the Break: Seaside (monoi, tiare flower) and Lush Jungle (cut grass, leaves)

Invigorating Aromatherapy: Purifying Tea Tree and Harmonious Chocolate

Vitalization Aromatherapy: Stimulating Ginger and Invigorating Pepper Mint

VIP Lounge: Dollar and Ebony Luxury

The product was developed by Guillaume Rolland, an 18-year-old engineering student at UTC Compiègne in France, and has already received some notable attention. In 2014, SensorWake was among the Top 15 "Inventions that Can Change the World" at the Google Science Fair.

The Kickstarter campaign has already raked in more than double the money they set out to raise. But by contributing now, you can score some of those VIP scents, and help fund the development of future options. 

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

[h/t Thrillist]


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