Enter Circa, The Smart Alarm Clock

Enter Circa, The Smart Alarm Clock

Circa is a smart alarm clock aimed at waking you up refreshed.

Alarm clocks are a staple to the bedroom. Alarm clocks have changed over time, from traditional metal wind-up’s to today’s digital bedside clocks with blaring alarms.

Most consumers report that they now use their smartphones as alarms, something Circa Labs B.V. says is affecting your sleep.

Enter Circa, the smart alarm clock that aims to prevent smartphones from keeping consumers up at night.

“Late at night, we find ourselves scrolling through our timelines, while the blue light affects our natural ability to sleep,” a press release by Circa Labs said. “Circa aims to change that.”

Circa was designed by Circa Labs B.V. alongside Dutch designer Robert Bronwasser and aims to help consumers fall asleep at night while waking them up the next morning at the right time.

How does it do this?

Circa utilizes a small sensor, placed underneath a mattress, that measures the users sleep patterns, such as respiration and movement. Circa then uses this data to wake the user up during light sleep to help users wake up refreshed rather than drowsy.

To help the user further, Circa provides insights into the sleeper’s last few nights. Most apps provide users with an “arbitrary sleep quality score,” but Circa will help users adjust their sleep schedule to get the most out of the night.

All information will be stored locally on the device.

In the evening Circa can play white noise, calming sounds, or breathing exercises to help the user calm their breath and thoughts before bed. During the night, the clocks display is dark, only showing when the consumer wants it to.

Beyond the blaring, ear-shattering alarm provided with most digital alarm clocks, users have the choice to wake up to a wide selection of alarm sounds or listen to their favorite Spotify playlist or radio station.

Users can also connect Circa to their connected home devices to have the room light up gradually as the morning proceeds.

Circa is available for around $180 and is currently still on Kickstarter.

“With the smartphone and the rise of smart assistants, we got the question why we would make an alarm clock in 2017. But with the distractions that the phone provides and the privacy challenges of having microphones and cameras in the bedroom, we think that there is still room for technology that does one thing very well, in our case helping you sleep better!”
-Yannick Brouwer (Designer at Circa)
Cover Image Credit: Circa Labs B.V.

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Now's The Time To Clean Your Greasy Range Hood Filter

If the hood is blocked by the grease and dirt, it may lose its effectiveness.

Do you remember the last time you cleaned that greasy range hood filter? If it's been a while since you've done it, this is the time. Get up and do it. Otherwise, it would not be good for the appliance. The main task of a range hood is to collect all the grease and if it is done properly, you should also maintain it in the same manner.

If you need some tips before buying the best range hood in the market, you can check out kitchenguyd's review on this. If the hood is blocked by the grease and dirt, it may lose its effectiveness and that is the reason you should clean it timely. If you are aware of how to clean and maintain the range hood, go ahead, if not, you can follow the method explained below.

The following method requires some of these household ingredients.

  • Baking Soda
  • Degreasing Dish Soap
  • Boiling or Extremely hot water
  • Heat Proof Container
  • Non-Abrasive Scrub Brush

Follow the given instructions step-by-step and it will take just a few minutes of your day.

1. Remove the filter

Most of the filters are easy to remove from the underside of their range hood. Maybe you need to push it little upward to take it out. Check for the loop or latch that can help you to remove it. Remember how it will go in so that replacing it becomes easy when you complete the cleaning process.

2. Prepare a place to clean it

For this, you need to get a heatproof container to clean the range hood filter. This can be a pot, casserole dish or sink. No matter how long it can resist boiling water and will fit your filter. If you don't have a large enough space, use a medium-sized saucepan and clean one end at a time. Remember not to use a non-stick pan otherwise it will get easily scratched by the metal filter.

Fill the container with hot boiling water. The hotter the water is the better to break down the grease.

3. Add soap and baking soda

Add a tablespoon or two of dish soap in the container. If you are using a pot, make sure that the water is no longer boiling otherwise it could bubble over. Now sprinkle ¼ to ½ cup of baking soda over the top of the water, which will fizz and bubble as well. Mix the solution well so that it is evenly distributed.

4. Soak the range hood filter

Immerse the filter or only one end if it doesn't fit, let it soak and let the cleaning solution do most of the part. It will take at least five minutes but be keeping it for ten minutes would be better. Soaking in the solution will break down the grease and you can perform the next step easier.

5. Scrub

After soaking, remove the remaining grease with the help of a non-abrasive scrub brush. Make sure that you clean it properly.

6. Rinse and dry

Take the filter out from the hot water solution and clean to remove the soap and leftover grease if any. Dry it off properly by using a clean rag or paper towel.

7. Replace the filter

Now your range hood is all clean and ready for use. Put it back and enjoy the benefits of a clean range hood filter.

Clean your filter regularly by using these simple steps and enjoy the effectiveness of your range hood filter.

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Yes, I Have 2 PopSockets And Yes, It's A Way Of Life

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I have been a follower of the PopSocket trend for almost two years. I have to say, and I'm not just being dramatic, it has changed my life. However, I've only had one until Christmas, and let me say, two is better than one.

I know what you're thinking, "Why in the world do you need two PopSockets?"

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I have always had a PopSocket on my phone. Since I first got one, I haven't been without one for longer than a week because I didn't like the feeling of not having one. My friends and family know how obsessed I am with them. Because of this, both my mom and best friend got me a new one for Christmas. Rather than picking just one to use, I thought, "Why not use both?" My plan was to use the both of them for a week or so and then take one of them off, but after a week had passed, I realized the many, many benefits of having 2 PopSockets.

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Having two PopSockets gives you a better stability when it comes to taking a selfie, making a phone call, or even just holding it. If you're anything like myself, you're probably known for being clumsy and dropping your phone basically anywhere you go and any chance you get.

Having one PopSocket already gives you a better chance of not dropping your phone in a rain puddle, but imagine how much greater the chance of not dropping your phone would be if you had two PopSockets?

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While doing some research for this article, I found out that PopSockets donate 10% of their online net proceeds and 10,000 PopSockets to support the people fighting Parkinson's Disease, as apart of their Do Good initiative.

As if I didn't love PopSockets enough, their support of Parkinson's Disease makes me proud to use my 2 PopSockets with confidence.

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