Sleep clocks are nothing new.  We of all people know that.  Case in point is the Gear4 Renew Sleep Clock, the Zeo, the LARK, and even the Fitbit One.  They’re all designed to track your sleeping habits and help you improve your slumber, which in turn should make you a more productive, and alert individual in your waking hours.

Each of the aforementioned pieces of kit working slightly differently to monitor your sleep, but at the end of the day they’re effectively trying to accomplish the same thing.  My favorite to date is Gear4′s Renew Sleep Clock since it leverages the power of infrared waves to monitor your sleep instead of using the always encumbering headstrap or wristband.

The Lumawake uses a comparable technology, but unlike Gear4′s version, which has a rather large device to sit on your nightstand, it sports a much smaller footprint since it is largely an iPhone charging stand.  Built-in to the base is a set of color customizable LEDs that light up when it detects your hand in proximity so you can easily dock your phone in the dark.  Meanwhile a hot swappable connector means that it will work with iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s or older handsets.   But what really makes the Lumawake worth a serious look, is that it can be linked to hot automation products, such as SmartThings and Belkin’s Wemo.  That means when you fall asleep, it can shut down your TV, turn off the lights, or start the coffee when you awake in the AM.  They’ve built their very own app allowing you to keep track of your sleep routine, and we can only assume that it’s analogous to that of its competitors.

Unfortunately, the Lumawake is not quite available yet.  They tried the Kickstarter route, but got denied.  So they’ve launched their own campaign with what appears to be excellent success so far, achieving $53,000 of their $150,00 goal.  So if you’re interested head on over and drop $149, where upon they’ll send a handmade aluminum “coming soon” gift card, which can be redeemed when the product ships in early 2013.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."