The clock, called SleepSmart, measures your sleep cycle, and waits for you to be in your lightest phase of sleep before rousing you. Its makers say that should ensure you wake up feeling refreshed every morning.
As you sleep you pass through a sequence of sleep states – light sleep, deep sleep and REM sleep – that repeats approximately every 90 minutes. The point in that cycle at which you wake can affect how you feel later, and may even have a greater impact than how long or little you have slept. Being roused during a light phase means you are more likely to wake up perky.
How cool is that!
Of course some people weary of the matrix migh not be a fan of sleeping with a headband that tracks their brain waves. Also some might not feel comfortable wearing a headband to sleep.
The Brown college students who made the clock are finishing up the prototype and intend to have the product ready for sale next year.
Sleep Smart Alarm Clock is much more user friendly than a clock recently created at MIT. Clocky, pictured to the left and created by Gauri Nanda at MIT, is a clock which rolls away from its position and hides after the user presses snooze, which makes it harder to press snooze again.
It would take all of two days for me to want to run Clocky over with the car.