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Mark Zuckerberg, known for being the Facebook CEO, noticed that his wife, Priscilla, was having a hard time sleeping through the night.
"Being a mom is hard, and since we've had kids Priscilla has had a hard time sleeping through the night," said Zuckerberg. "She'll wake up and check the time on her phone to see if the kids might wake up soon, but then knowing the time stresses her out and she can't fall back asleep”, he added.
That is when Zuckerberg came up with an invention to help his wife. The solution is a small wooden ‘sleep box’, which emits a soft light in the morning to alert his wife that she should wake up, without her having to look at her phone. The light is on each morning between 6 and 7 am.
The glowing sleep box can be placed on the bedside. Its base is one cm higher than the table surface, which allows the light to come through.
One relevant detail is that the light is not used to wake up the user, but rather to let the user know, each time they wake up throughout the night, that if the box is not glowing, then it is not time to wake up yet. The user can then fall back asleep without knowing what time it is.
"Since it doesn't show the time, if she wakes up in the middle of the night, she knows to just go back to sleep without having to worry about what time it is," said Zuckerberg.
The device seems to have helped Zuckerberg’s wife. "So far this has worked better than I expected, and she can now sleep through the night", he said. "As an engineer, building a device to help my partner sleep better is one of the best ways I can think of to express my love and gratitude”.
Zuckerberg also suggested that his idea has the potential to be turned into a business by entrepreneurs, as "a bunch of my friends have told me they'd want something like this", he said.
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