Popular mattress maker, Casper, is entering the smart home market with a new light called Glow. The new product essentially brings Apple’s Night Shift to the bedroom to help users fall asleep and wake up more easily. Interesting features include simple gesture controls, a wireless design, and the ability to sync multiple Glow lights together.
Glow uses a natural range of light that emulates candlelight to help ease users in and out of sleep. Interesting enough, Glow doesn’t support any smart home platforms like HomeKit, or Amazon’s Alexa, or Google Assistant. Instead it uses an iOS app for smartphone control, but the touch and gesture controls seem to be the focus here.
Users can flip the HomePod-esque Glow to turn it on and start a 45 minute “sunset” countdown, can rotate it to increase or decrease the amount of light, tap the top to pause it, or wiggle it to use a small amount of light. Multiple Glow lights can also be synced together and will both respond to the gestures on one light. With the iOS app, users can set their wake-up time, dimming time, brightness, Glow grouping, and more.
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Glow is also wireless and Casper pitches it as useful to grab as you head for a drink of water or for a diaper change in the middle of the night.
Phillips also makes a line of Wake-Up Light Alarm Clocks ranging from $50-$200, but don’t match the features that Glow includes. Phillips Hue bulbs can be used with HomeKit scenes and third-party software like IFTTT to achieve a Night Shift effect, but of course don’t have the portability factor.