As someone who has tested and reviewed a wide variety of alarm clocks, I have a strong opinion of what features to look for when choosing a bedside companion to wake you up every morning. Ideally, an alarm clock gently wakes our conscious part of our minds, reflecting the circadian rhythm that is tuned to the sunrise, rather than relying on the fear factor of annoying blowing. Starting each day with a hormonal adrenaline rush is not only stressful but also unhealthy. That brings us to the concept behind Loftie, a new generation of bedside clocks designed to set off the “alarm” in alarm clocks and to help wean sleepers off their cell phones.
Loftie’s minimalist and odd front is the first sign that this alarm clock has been designed with calm to be the centerpiece of its features. The watch’s digital numeric display is purposely modest (although my nearsighted eyes would benefit from the ability to increase the display size).
A warm and adjustable night light at the bottom of the Loftie can also be set to turn on and off in parallel with your sleep and wake cycles. While an app can be assigned to control watch settings, a phone is not required to access options with the three button physical layout of the watch. Whether by clock or app, users are offered a selection of relaxing acoustic cues. This includes white noise, meditations, sound baths, stories and breathing work.
Loftie’s choice of soundscapes is calming indeed (and surprisingly a welcome accompaniment to hear throughout the day as you work), a mix of soundscapes from the natural world. For most of human history, people were more likely to fall asleep and wake up to the sounds of the natural world than to the violent cacophony of traditional alarms and the human landscape, and every note acknowledges this fact with satisfying serenity.
Likewise, the selection of the clock’s alarm tones is gentle, a mixture of natural sounds and ambient compositions. The loftie finds that most of us are gradually waking up (aka, “I’m up, but I’ll get up in ___ minutes.”) Time to finally get out of the ceiling.
Loftie says that features will expand over time with app updates, including unlocking the Bluetooth speaker connection, adding additional alarm tones, and customizable alarm scheduling settings – all reasonable expectations when purchasing a $ 165 watch with the current discount code). Nevertheless, the loftie is a convincing argument today that technology does not have to be an intrusive presence in the bedroom if it is designed with consciousness.