Philips is hoping to make waking up a more pleasant experience with their new HF3490 Wake-up Light. The device comes with 20 brightness settings that gradually increase in intensity to ease users in to the waking world.
For heavy sleepers who require more of a jolt, the alarm also comes with four preset nature sounds and an iPod/iPhone dock to add some aural stimulation. The Wake-up Light isn't just good for getting out of bed, but can help users drift off to sleep as well; there is "dusk simulation" mode that gradually dims the light and sounds to send users to the dream world. The Wake-up Light ships on August 22, but it can be pre-ordered now for $US199. [Geeky Gadgets]