Enter Circa, The Smart Alarm Clock

Enter Circa, The Smart Alarm Clock

Circa is a smart alarm clock aimed at waking you up refreshed.
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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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Feel Free To Speak Your Opinion, But Don't Get Pissed When Others Do The Same

You can't expect others to respect your opinion if you can't do the same.

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Our society is built on opinions. Think about it. Most of what we say is opinion-based in some way, shape or form. Voicing our views is easier than ever thanks to social media platforms and technology as a whole. Sometimes, though, this platform does way more harm than good.

Posting your opinion online, whether it's about politics, a new movie or some viral controversy, is all fun and games until someone comments their own opinion and it just happens to differ from yours. You would think that the person who originally started the conversation would be interested in engaging with others. After all, they did initiate the thread. Most of the time, though, this isn't the case. Just by simply stating your perspective, you're subjecting yourself to criticism—of your character, your looks, your gender, your education level, everything. Sometimes, it doesn't even remotely relate to whatever you were talking about in the first place. They'll use whatever ammunition they have against you, as if it somehow justifies their argument (which it never does, in case you were wondering).

People get so caught up in being right that they forget there's other people out there who may not agree with everything you have to say. And that's okay. We all grew up differently. We all process information differently. We all experience things differently. All of these (and plenty more) are what shape our opinions about the world around us. Attacking one another for your difference in opinion isn't going to magically make them see your perspective. if anything, they're less likely to consider your point of view.

Ask yourself: Is it really worth your energy to engage in a childish feud in your Facebook comments? Is your opinion sooooooo important that you find the need to verbally abuse someone for doing the exact same thing you were doing in the first place? The answer is no. So what if you tweet about how Kanye West's new album is pure genius, and someone tweets you back and says you're crazy. They may not feel the lyrics the way you do, or maybe they're more of an A$AP Rocky kind of person. Their opinion isn't causing you any harm, so who cares? You got to share your opinion; now they're just doing the same. Accept it and move along with your day.

Forget your opinion; you reveal more about who you are when you choose to continuously participate in making rude comments towards people who just don't think like you do. And when all is said and done, no one reading along is going to remember what you were fighting about in the first place. All they're going to think about is how immature and idiotic you looked. We have enough hate in this world already, there's no need to be apart of it.

So the next time you're typing out a tweet or a Facebook post, make sure you're prepared to get comments that may not match up with yours. If you can't respect another person's point of view, then you probably shouldn't be using social media in the first place.

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