Polynapping Makes its Way Into Our Tech

Polynapping Makes its Way Into Our Tech

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Taryn Williford
Sep 18, 2008

If you've never heard of polyphasic sleep or polynapping, let us break it down for you: It's a sleep schedule dreamed up by the Renaissance Man, Leonardo DaVinci, that gives the user a solid 21-hour day without ever feeling drowsy or tired. The premise is that you are awake for 3.5 hours straight, then hit the sack for a 30 minute nap. The 4-hour block repeats itself six times in your day—and voila!—lotsa time with little sleep. If you think the schedule might be hard to stick to, somebody out there designed an "alarm clock" just for you. We use the term loosely because, really, this clock doesn't tell time...

The Da Vinci Alarm Clock, designed by Marc Owens, works on a very basic system. The Dot Matrix display will always show either "Sleep" or "Awake."

When the product is first switched on the display will immediately show the word, Awake. Three and a half hours later, the display will show the word Sleep and a high-pitched alarm will signal that it's nap time. The same thing happens 30 minutes later, sounding a wake-up alarm and switching back to Awake.

Even if you're not a fan of the sleep schedule, we think this is a pretty rad-looking clock. Maybe somebody can do a little mod and make this a clock for everyone to use. Maybe the Wood LED Clock will satisfy our urges for now.

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