Standalone alarm clocks have gone nearly extinct due to the rise of smartphones and other smart mobile devices. There’s truly little reason to get one of these things, but a company known as Circa Labs is hoping to change our minds with an all-new alarm clock that is smarter than what one might expect.
The device in question is called Circa, and it’s currently seeking your funding on Kickstarter. Now then, several companies have attempted to reinvent the alarm clock, but the Circa comes off as one of the better ideas.
We should point out that Circa doesn’t include Alexa integration or voice controls, because who wants to be telling their alarm clock to shut up at five in the morning. Nonetheless, it does come with a few smart home features that could increase its usefulness, especially support for Triggi.
For example, it would be possible to set your lights to go with your alarm in the morning. Do you want your lights to turn on as soon as the alarm goes off? Bingo, Circa is on the job.
From our point of view, it’s a more passive system when compared to the Amazon Echo.
The included sensor pad
What really sets Circa apart from other similar devices, is the fact that it comes packed with a sensor pad that allows the product to wake the user at the best time. Additionally, the device will work alongside the sensor to offer tips on how to improve your sleep.
The sensor itself must be placed under the mattress in order for it to track your sleep patterns. It’s quite smart, but whether or not it’s useful in the long terms is yet to be seen.
“Circa features a thin sensor underneath your mattress that measures your movement and respiration to understand your sleep cycles. Normal alarms wake you up on a fixed time, no matter what. In a timeframe of 30 minutes before your alarm is set, Circa will find the best time to wake you up in your light sleep. This way, you’ll wake up easier and more refreshed in the morning,” according to the Kickstarter page.
What about the hardware?
It’s a smart alarm clock, so as expected, it comes with 5.5-inch AMOLED touch panel. That’s quite a lot for an alarm clock, but at the same time, it ensures that when you’re asleep, your eyes are not blasted with light. Moreover, the display makes it possible for Circa to support deferent clock faces.
There’s also a set of speakers so that you can play your favorite music via Bluetooth, Spotify, or even internet radio. Now then, for those who prefer to white noise to music, that option is right there for consumption.