One of the most annoying things about sharing a bed with someone else is being roused from a deep and restful sleep by their alarm. Sometimes, the alarm is so loud that it can be heard in other rooms, waking the entire household, which is especially troublesome if you have a baby in the house. Thankfully it appears that there is a solution on the horizon for this age old problem. Known as the Wake, this smart alarm clock awakens each sleeper individually. This smart home accessory is perfect for households where partners work opposite schedules, especially when that schedule is the third or overnight shift.
How the Wake Smart Alarm Works
Available in white, the alarm mechanism is housed in a small and unobtrusive rectangular box that you mount directly above your bed on the wall, close to the ceiling. When you set your alarm, the unit is able to detect who is sleeping in the bed based on sensors that detect body heat and motion. When it’s time for you to get up, the unit mimics an actual sunrise by bathing you in a warm, white LED light that slowly becomes brighter. The alarm also uses a parametric speaker to send focused, but pleasing sounds solely in the direction of the sleeper. The sounds slowly become louder until the user becomes fully awake and gets out of bed.
The combination of focused light and sound that slowly increases in intensity allows the user to become fully awake in a slower and more natural manner while leaving everyone that is sleeping nearby completely undisturbed. This approach helps users to sleep more soundly and to be awakened in a less stressful state, so that they awake feeling refreshed and full of energy.
There are additional features of this smart alarm that most users find beneficial. Some of these features include the large capacity of the Wake’s batteries so that it only needs to be recharged a few times a year, and the fact that the alarm “knows” when you get out of bed so that you don’t have to worry about cutting the alarm off.
Users can also use the clock’s smart phone app to hit snooze, or shut the alarm off if they wish to remain in bed. If, for some reason, you forget to recharge the clock’s batteries, the app will still awaken you at your normal time via your smart phone, so that you don’t have to worry about oversleeping.
With so many individuals becoming more concerned about their privacy, users will be glad to know that the alarm clock doesn’t have any cameras or microphones. The unit only “sees” a temperature graph and motion to alert it to your position in your bed. This information is also not stored in any way.
The makers of this smart alarm clock also plan to release firmware updates sometime in the future that will expand its current capabilities. Some future options that are currently being considered are updates that will allow the unit to be used for a reading light, or as a safety sensor that will alert caregivers when their child or elderly relative gets up and leaves their bed in the middle of the night.
Disadvantages of the Wake Smart Alarm
Currently, this alarm clock is not yet available in stores. If you want one, you can visit the company’s Kickstarter funding page, and for a $249 pledge you can reserve yours today. Shipping is expected to being in September. The funding page does list some other options for gifts and incentives that available for those that want to donate more, or less, than the unit’s current price tag.
This smart alarm clock is just one of many smart home appliances that is expected to come to the marketplace in the coming months and years. From smart sprinkler systems to smart kitchen gadgets, smart accessories for our homes is a growing industry. What do you think of the Wake Smart Alarm, do you think this alarm clock can help you get a better night’s sleep? What is the one smart accessory that you wish someone would invent, but hasn’t yet? We value your feedback so please share your opinions with us in the comments section below.
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