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This Ejector Bed Keeps You From Sleeping In

If you've moved out of your parents' house, you might have noticed there's no one around to physically pull you out of bed anymore. Some people (like my college roommate) need more than an alarm clock or a roommate yelling in their face to get up in the morning (or mid-afternoon). 

For the more horizontally-inclined, YouTuber Colin Furze has invented the jump-start they need to get going. It's called the "High Voltage Ejector Bed," and it throws you out of bed. 

Furze told Mashable that the machine only took about two weeks to create. It worked on the first try, but a perfectionist's work is never done, so he might add some improvements to help with the rest of the morning process, like getting dressed and fed.

Sleepers in this bed will be awakened by the bed rudely dumping them on the floor. The frame pushes away from the wall with two pistons powered by air compressors. For added effect, there are lights and loud trumpet noises. There is no "snooze" option. 

"Anyone who could still stay asleep when this goes off is not human," Furze said. 

Deep sleepers interested in this alarm probably won't be able to buy it—because it's likely very dangerous—but you can still watch the making-of process. 

[h/t: Mashable

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