Researchers have confirmed that the blue light emitted by all of our electronic devices at night messes with our melatonin production, which in turn hinders a good night’s sleep. But with this black box connected to your telly, you can fall asleep watching late-night crap and still have a good night’s slumber.
The Drift, which connects between a TV and an HDMI switch or AV receiver, works by slowly and subtly removing blue spectrum light from the screen starting an hour before a user schedules their desired bedtime, using a simple on-screen menu. They can also specify a wake up time, at which point the full colour spectrum will be reinstated on their TV.
The Drift’s ‘Max Drift’ setting can be adjusted in ten per cent increments, with 100 per cent removing all of the blue spectrum light from the TV’s image. That maximises the effectiveness of the device, and ensures the body is producing the melatonin it needs to sleep. There is a catch, though: it makes colours on screen look pretty awful. So individual users can specify what they prefer their ‘Max Drift’ setting to be.
Home theatre snobs will almost certainly scoff at a device that dares to alter the perfectly calibrated colour profile of their sets. But for the rest of us who are more concerned with getting a good night’s sleep than audio-visual perfection, this is a great innovation.
You’ll also notice that the Drift actually has blue LED indicator lights on the face of the box, which seems to defeat the whole purpose of the device. But they all have special phosphor coatings on them to remove the majority of the blue spectrum light as well, ensuring one less thing that could keep you awake.
Saffron, the folks behind the Drift, are optimistic about getting the box in the hands of sleepy late-night TV addicts by Christmas. Even if it does manage that launch window, the initial run for the $99/£65 device will be limited to around 150 units (that lack of initial units is enough to keep you awake at night, ay!) [Saffron Drift]