Wake up delighted with the glo Pillow

gloPillow.jpgWould you like being waked up by light coming out of the pillow, gently increasing it’s light intensity simulating the natural sunrise?

If you are tired being hit by an alarm clock that gives off a shocking noise you might want to swap your alarm clock with the glo Pillow.

The glo Pillow is the brain child of Ian Walton and teammate Eoin McNally, two inventive designer from Ireland.

Designed as an alternative to the traditional alarm clock to help combat the pressures of the ’24 hour’ lifestyle many of us are living today, the glo Pillow moves you over from sweet dream land to reality in a natural and more peaceful way.

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


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.

Although the glo Pillow is ‘just’ a design study it might be not too long to get it commercialized if companies pick this idea up.

LED fabric substrates are basically available in the form of Philips Lumalive, NYX Jacket display and other demonstrations we have see like the Jacket from Kanye West or the Jackets of Moritz Waldemeyer for OK Go.

The glo Pillow is a very innovative idea which has been recognized in Time MagazinesBest Inventions of 2007‘.

Anyone willing to pick up this idea and get it to the market? It would be a great relieve to everyone who hates that shocking alarm going off every morning killing the sweetest dreams.


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  2. Hi Louise,
    You are right Loop Design has a very similar concept developed that we have reviewed some time ago.
    Both ideas are great and I would really like to see one in the shops one day 😉

  3. Hi Judy,

    unfortunately the glow Pillow is a concept model right now. Let’s hope manufacturer will pick up this idea to make a real product out of it. Until then we need to use our old fashion pillows and alarm clocks.

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