Now that we have entered late fall, you probably noticed that it has been getting darker out even earlier. That means you may feel like you live your days in never-ending darkness, leaving for work while the sun is only starting to rise, and heading home when it has already set. Living in darkness could cause a bad case of the wintertime blues, draining your energy to make you feel like you don't have the strength to make it out of bed.
While there are plenty of smart lighting systems on the market that allow you to set the mood in your rooms by changing its colors from your smartphone, this smart lamp developed by the company Ario goes one step beyond by mimicking natural sunlight help trigger our brains to release hormones that help us fall sleep and wake up, as well as providing other health benefits.
Ario is a Wi-Fi connected lamp that learns the user's schedule to provide natural sunlight to keep your body clock in sync. The light system works automatically after plugging the lamp into the wall. Simply connect to device to your Wi-Fi using the accompanying app, and Ario will take care of the rest.
The smart lamp uses learning algorithms to figure out your schedule over time, such as identifying when you use the lamp. Ario emits up to 2,400 lumens of light, with a range of 6,500 K blue-rich white light for daylight (which is known to aid in the production of cortisol for increased energy), to 1,800 K amber white light (which aids in the production of sleep-inducing melatonin) for nighttime.
Using research from Harvard Medical School and NASA to analyze how light impacts our heath, the company claims Ario helps the user sleep better, wake up more energized, manage their weight, reduce stress, and boost their immune system.
Ario users can turn the lamp on or off, and dim or brighten the color of the light either directly on the lamp, by using a wall switch, or via the accompanying app. The app also allows users to set a sunrise alarm, adjust their time zone, schedule updates, and make changes to the color temperature.
The smart lamp is also compatible with other smart home devices and wearables.
The Ario smart lamp and lighting system launch in a Kickstarter campaign. It has already received $127,411, going above its $50,000 goal with 30 days still to go. Those who pledge $219 will get the early bird price of the lamp for 45 percent off. The Ario lamp is expected to ship in September 2016.