iPhone Bedside Lamp Charger Questions Our Dependence On Devices

A concept product asks why an iPhone needs to stay on even when its owner is asleep.

Scottish Product Designer, Douglas Wood, questions whether people are too connected to their technology. So connected, in fact, that the question of whether or not an iPhone should stay on while they sleep wouldn’t even cross their minds.

The 夜間night* is a conceptual bedside phone charger and mood light which glows softly once an iPhone is plugged-in –bread in toaster style –to a slot on the top of the minimalist rectangular block. While in use a transparent section at the bottom of the block cycles through soft color patterns, smoothly illuminating the room and encouraging you to drift off into slumber. But when a message or notification is received Mr. Wood’s invention vibrates and flashes brightly, erratically, in an attempt to rouse any sleeping person nearby through simple annoyance.

Despite the 夜間night*’s aggressive tactics, its point isn’t to upset people. The product is intended to beg the question of whether or not a phone really needs to be on 24/7. Mr. Wood, in a press release for 夜間night*, states:

I don’t necessarily want people to be forced to turn off their phone because of the product. Instead, I want it to highlight how often you receive messages or notifications at a time when you should be disconnected and resting.

Douglas Wood

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