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Smart Alarm Clock Pillow Wakes You Up With Gentle Light

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Most alarm clocks are designed with one goal in mind: getting you out of bed each morning. Doing so in a gradual, gentle manner isn’t usually a priority, but the Sunrise Smart Pillow approaches things differently. Instead of shocking you awake with a blaring alarm, the cushion uses built-in LED lights to replicate the natural rays of the rising sun, Engadget reports.

The smart pillow debuted on Kickstarter in April, and it has already surpassed its $50,000 crowdfunding goal 10 times over. The project page promises a product that will “revolutionize your mornings and your nights.”

As soon as your head hits the pillow, sensors embedded in the fabric begin to analyze the quality of your night’s rest. If you were listening to soothing nature noises or using the pillow’s reading light in bed, it will shut off any distractions once it senses you’re asleep. The pillow’s sunrise feature automatically activates in the morning during a light period in your sleep cycle. Before you have a chance to slip back into deep sleep, the lights intensify from dim red to bright white before finally waking you up with your favorite music selection. According to the campaign, “This mimics the natural wake-up process you get when waking up to nature. By controlling when the sun rises in your bedroom, you can minimize fatigue and grogginess every day.” During the day, you can check your profile on the Sunrise Smart Pillow app to see how well you slept the previous night.

Backers have until May 19 to reserve a smart pillow of their own for a pledge of $100 to $200. If the product does eventually hit shelves, it’s expected to retail for $300.

[ h/t Engadget]

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Getting Calls From Your Own Phone Number? Don't Answer!
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There’s a new phone scam that could affect you, according to Washington’s KIRO 7 News. In addition to keeping your eyes open for calls that come from area codes like 473 or involve people claiming to be Equifax representatives, you now have to watch out for your own phone number.

Scammers are manipulating your phone’s caller ID to make it look like you’re getting a call from your own phone number, then posing as someone from a wireless carrier like AT&T or Verizon. They tell whoever answers the phone that their account has been flagged for security reasons, then ask for the last four digits of that person’s Social Security number. The FCC has been aware of these scams for at least two years, but they seem to be ramping up once again.

In general, you shouldn’t give out any part of your Social Security number over the phone on an incoming call. If you’re suspicious, you can always call your carrier back using the official customer service phone number on their website or on your bill. But it’s best not to pick up at all. If you receive a call from your own number, don’t answer or press any buttons. Instead, file a complaint with the FCC.

[h/t KIRO 7 News]

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Samsung’s Star Wars Vacuums Offer Everything You Want in a Droid
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Hate housecleaning but love Star Wars? Samsung’s got the solution. In anticipation of December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the newest film in the Star Wars saga, Samsung has transformed a limited number of its VR7000 POWERbot robot vacuum cleaners into two familiar faces from George Lucas’s legendary space opera: a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader (which comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and a remote control).

In order to create a unique device that would truly thrill Star Wars aficionados, Samsung consulted with fans of the film throughout each stage of the process. The result is a pair of custom-crafted robo-vacuums that fill your home with the sounds of a galaxy far, far away as they clean (when you turn Darth Vader on, for example, you'll hear his iconic breathing).

“We are very pleased to be part of the excitement leading up to the release of The Last Jedi and to be launching our limited edition POWERbot in partnership with Star Wars fans,” B.S. Suh, Samsung’s executive vice president, said in a press statement. “From its industry-leading suction power, slim design, and smart features, to the wonderful character-themed voice feedback and sound effects, we are confident the Star Wars limited edition of the VR7000 will be a big hit.”

Be warned that this kind of power suction doesn’t come cheap: while the Stormtrooper POWERbot will set you back $696, the Darth Vader vacuum retails for $798. Who knew the Dark Side was so sparkling clean?


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