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"We follow the scientists around and look over their shoulders. They're watching their feet: provable mistakes are bad for them. We're looking as far ahead as we can, and we don't get penalized for mistakes."
- Larry Niven

Olfactory Wakeup Call  
  An alarm clock that works by wafting scents your way.  

Since the nerves from your nose are hardwired into your brain in the most ancient possible way, this should work.

My eyes snapped open on one of the psychedelic murals of the hotel room... The shift in the smell of incense that had originally nudged me toward consciousness was fully resolved into that of coffee and fresh bread. The Hendrix's olfactory wakeup call.
From Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan.
Published by Del Rey in 2003
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Science fiction readers will recognize this as none other than Frank Herbertís odalarm from his novel The Dosadi Experiment.

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