glo Pillow
The glo Pillow is an alternative to the traditional alarm clock. It was designed with teammate Eoin McNally in response to a brief to create a product which helps to combat the pressures of a "24 hour" lifestyle.

The pillow uses an LED fabric substrate below the surface to wake the user using light. This substrate also functions as a display, showing the time on the pillows surface using the grid of LEDs below.

40 minutes before the pre-set alarm time the pillow begins to glow and gently brings the user out of sleep. This natural waking process helps to set the circadian rhythm or "body clock" and results in more healthy sleep/wake patterns.

RSA RSA Royal Society of Art Design Directions
We were awarded the Ideal Standard Designers Award from the RSA for this project. For more details on the glo pillow in the RSA click here.

Natural waking process - The glo pillow uses light instead of sound to wake the user. 1/13

The Problem - Traditionally we set our alarm clock and go to sleep. 2/13

The Problem - When asleep we cycle continuously from Light Sleep to Deep Sleep. 3/13

The Problem - Audio alarm clocks shock us awake at any stage during this cycle. 4/13

The Problem - During the day our body struggles to recover from being woken in this way. 5/13

The Solution - The alarm is set using the glo pillows integrated interface and display. 6/13

The Solution - The user goes to sleep as usual and the natural sleep cycles begin. 7/13

The Solution - 40 minutes before the pre-set alarm time the pillow begins to gently glow. 8/13

The Solution - When the pillow reaches 250 LUX the user wakes naturally and without shock. 9/13

The Solution - This natural waking process results in a more healthy circadian rhythm and life. 10/13

Exploded View - Showing the pillows various layers 11/13

Induction Charger - An induction pad charges the pillow when the bed is made. 12/13

SoftSwitch Interface - A fabric interface controls all of the pillows functions. 13/13