The Glo Pillow: An Alarm Clock That's Not Annoying

We all despise the aggravating sound an alarm clock makes. It wakes us up from a deep sleep, interferes with pleasant dreams and signals that it’s time to unwillingly get out of bed and start the day. But what if you could wake up without unnecessary noise?

Designers Eoin McNally and Ian Walton have a solution: the Glo Pillow . Using an LED fabric substrate below the surface of the pillow, individuals can now be woken with light. About 45 minutes before the actual alarm is due to activate, the pillow will begin to glow. The light intensity then slowly increases to create a natural sunrise to wake up an individual.

McNally and Walton came up with the idea to help individuals with busy and stressful lifestyles. Waking up to an annoying alarm can make a person agitated and influence them to start the day on the wrong foot. Its said that using light to wake up can encourage the body to establish a healthy sleep rhythm, and help make the day more productive and stress free.

The Glo Pillow is made up of five layers:

  1. An outer cover made from 100% cotton.
  1. A layer of thin netting.
  1. A layer of foam used to cushion and disperse the LED light.
  1. A layer of an LED woven substrate developed by Phillips.
  1. Five pounds of density visco-elastic memory foam.

But unlike others, the Glo Pillow needs to be charged every once in a while. The pillow contains a battery indicator that glows green when the pillow is charged and turns red when it needs recharging.

The Glo Pillow is a great concept that can help set an individual’s circadian rhythm (“body clock”) which in turn creates healthier wake/sleep patterns. The only downside to the product is that the designers are still searching for a company to make it.

For further information, you can visit Ian Walton’s design portfolio embryo.

While we wait for the concept to become a reality, the Wake-Up Light may be a great soothing option.

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