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Waking up to a buzzing alarm clock sucks. I'm one of those people who doesn't like to wake up before the sun is out (or has been out for many hours). So what better way to make waking up fun than having a bubble party in bed!

Using an arduino and a commonly available bubble machine toy, you too can wake up to the joy of bubbles.

Take a look at the alarm in action:

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Step 1: Tools & Materials

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The Parts (you can definitely substitute for stuff you have around the house):

Bubble generating toy: Super Miracle® Bubbles Bubble Factory (purchased at Michaels for 12 bucks)
Microcontroller: Arduino (old Seeduino in my case)
LCD display: Sparkfun Basic 16x2 Character LCD
Snooze button: Staples Easy Button
LED: ThingM BlinkM
Transistor: TIP-120 (Radio Shack 276-2068)
Relay: 5V SF COM-00100
Assorted buttons/switches to adjust time: SF COM-09190 & SF COM-00102
Potentiometer: SF COM-09806
Diode (1N4001)
Resistor 2.2K
Power adapter for arduino
Pin headers


Soldering iron
Wire Strippers
Zip Ties

Step 2: Break Open the Bubble Machine

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First you'll need to open up the bubble machine. The one I found was easy to open, just four philips head screws.

Once inside, disconnect the battery and motor from the switch and solder wires for both the motor and the battery pack long enough to feed outside of the machine.

Next, use a Dremel tool to make an opening in the plastic to feed the wires out.

If you like colorful bubbles, attach the LED or ThingM BlinkM on the top of the machine.

Finally, I opted to place a mini-breadboard on the back of the bubble machine to collect all the wires. This made it easier to adjust the distance between the controller and the unit. 

Step 3: Prepare the Easy Snooze Button

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Flickr user Tommy Bear has provided a great step by step guide to easy button hacking.

Easy Button Hack Step 11

Essentially you need to remove a capacitor and resistor and attach your own wires.

The easy button is, uh, easily opened by removing the plastic feet to access the four philips head screws. Be sure to hang onto the feet.

Big buttons rock.
Gravity Boy3 years ago
Cool idea in theory and seems to work well in reality, good job. Don't think I would like bubbles in the bed, like my distaste for crumbs. A device that dumps sticky syrup could work as well but not for me, however some like the bubbles.


Happy tinker.
fixitmandan3 years ago
Alex Mercer3 years ago
Good keep it up! ;)
mikeasaurus3 years ago
This is awesome!
poofrabbit3 years ago
My cat would love this if the bubbles were the cat nip kind! Very creative, nice job.
JKPieGuy3 years ago
This is pretty cool and really creative! But I'd kinda have to laugh if someone got the bubbles in their eyes, now that would really wake them up! XD That's the only negative thing that I'd have to say about the project and having soap residue all over the place, but other than that GREAT JOB!
Kiteman3 years ago
Eww, fun? Having wet bubbles all over my face and in my eyes as I wake up? No thank you!

However, this would be a cool way to announce times when you're awake - maybe as a replacement for the school bell in a school for the deaf?