During winter months, having to wake up when it's still completely dark outside leaves me feeling tired and dissatisfied with my sleep. On top of that, when I turn on my bedside lamp (which has no dimming yet), it burns my eyes. So I thought, surely there is a way to bring the sunrise into my bedroom.
This project does just that. About a hour before my wake up time, it starts glowing dim, deep red. Then goes through the sunrise colours — mild orange, brighter yellow, warm white — until arriving at a bright cool white at about 10 minutes before I have to be up. Now if this doesn't wake me up gently, I'm not sure what will. Maybe a speaker playing bird songs?
On top of that, this can double as a disco ball, mood lighting, etc. with programmable patterns and full RGB!
Raspberry Pi Zero W
Brain of the project
Raspberry Pi Universal power supply
Let's create something simple, that I could actually feasibly make, without delving into the long and daunting journey of full on product design. I have a rough idea of what it is that I want: a thingamabob that will simulate the sunrise sequence, to help me wake up fresh.
To put it in more concrete terms, I require:
An omnidirectional light source,
that can change colours,
and has configurable wake up times,
ideally through an app or a web interface
I know I can simply buy one of many off-the-shelf products that do this exact thing, but where would be the fun in that?