If you are accustom to waking with a blaring radio or the blinding light of early morning, the new wake-up light by Philips may be the perfect solution. The gadget, which includes an iPhone/iPod dock, promises a gradual wake-up routine by increasing the light gradually in your bedroom.
“Light falls on your eyes and positively affects your energy hormones, preparing your body to wake up,” according to Philips. For heavy sleepers, the light can reach 300 lux.
Replacing that obnoxious jolting alarm are natural sounds or tunes supplied by your iPod or iPhone. If you go with the built-in sounds, you can choose between “morning birds in the forest, a relaxing beep, the sounds of the African jungle or soft chimes in the wind,” according to the company. If you pick your favorite iPod or iPhone tunes, the sound level will increase over 90 seconds until reaching a preset maximum.
The Philips Wake-Up Light will cost $200 when it is released Aug. 22.