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 TV, you can fall asleep to Netflix 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 color spectrum will be reinstated on their TV.
The Drift’s ‘Max Drift’ setting can be adjusted in ten percent increments, with 100 percent removing all of the blue spectrum light from the TV’s image. That maximizes the effectiveness of the device, and ensures your body is producing the melatonin it needs to sleep, but it also makes colors on screen look pretty awful. So individual users can specify what they prefer their ‘Max Drift’ setting to be.
Home theater snobs will almost certainly scoff at a device that dares to alter the perfectly calibrated color profile of their sets. But for the rest of us who are more concerned with getting a good night’s sleep than impressing the neighbors with our TV setups, this sounds like the next best thing to sleeping gas.
Saffron, the folks behind the Drift, are optimistic about getting the box in the hands of sleepy late-night TV addicts by Christmas. But the initial run for the $99 device will be limited to around 150 units, so if you refuse to miss those early morning infomercials despite being exhausted at work every day, you’ll want to get your order in sooner rather than later.