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Glo Pillow alarm clock concept design wins award

Ian Walton, a student at the National College of Art & Design in Ireland, has won a Royal Society of Art Design Directions 2006 Designers Award for his idea of a glowing pillow.

The Glo Pillow alarm clock gently wakes people over a 40-minute period by slowly lighting up. It works the same way as the many lamps and alarm clocks that gradually bring you out of sleep before fully waking you with an alarming sound.

As Walton points out in his portfolio, this method of waking is healthier, because it works to restart your Circadian rhythm, rather than jolting you awake.

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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.

 

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