New invention could replace annoying alarm clocks

So far, almost $17,000 of the needed $33,000 has been raised on Kickstarter to fuel production for Napwell.
So far, almost $17,000 of the needed $33,000 has been raised on Kickstarter to produce Napwell.

Waking up to a blaring alarm is never pleasant. Even the least offensive ringtones or sounds can fail at making getting out of bed easier. But a new sleep mask aims to do away with waking up to offensive noises all together, focusing on light patterns instead.

Napwell is an electronic sleep mask designed by engineers at MIT, Stanford and Harvard Medical School. When you go to bed, you set how long you want to sleep for, and the mask imitates natural light patterns, tricking the body into thinking that it’s waking up to a sunrise. That way, instead of being pulled abruptly out of a deep sleep state by a sudden noise, the body is nudged gently by natural light rhythms.

So far, there is only a prototype of the sleep mask and developers are raising money on Kickstarter. If they meet their projected goals, production will start in the fall.

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