The Lumawake is an iPhone dock designed for your nightstand. It will of course charge your iPhone overnight whilst holding it in a convenient spot, but that’s just the beginning. To really tell you all that it does, I probably need to start a list…
The first bullet point is the connector. It’s modular, so you can swap in Lightning or 30-pin dock connectors as you like. That’s probably enough to sell it to some of us right there.
But there’s more. The Lumawake will wake you, as its name suggests. A passive IR sensor lets a companion app track your sleep and – when the waking hour draws near – it will use its built-in LEDs to simulate sunrise at just the right time in your sleep cycle for you to awake refreshed and ready to go and hunt a wooly mammoth for your family’s breakfast.
It also connects with many home-automation systems, like Belkin’s WeMo and the Kickstarter project SmartThings. This would let you replace your clapper by turning off the lights and music as you fall asleep, say.
I want one. But, like you, I’ll have to wait. You can pre-order the product now, for a very reasonable $150. Interestingly, the folks behind the Lumawake were turned down by Kickstarter, so they decided to go it alone. That in itself isn’t very unusual. The interesting part is that they are still calling their scheme “crowd-funding,” only the customers are only charged when the product ships, not when the campaign closes.
I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds like “buying.” It’s an old-fashioned concept, one that I take part in every single time I order something from Amazon or Apple.