Mark Zuckerberg Tries His Hand at Industrial Design With Specialized Sleep Box

Created for his wife, Priscilla Chan.

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Mark Zuckerberg killed two birds with one stone with his latest industrial design development—a “sleep box” created for his wife Priscilla Chan.

The Facebook CEO uploaded his invention on Instagram, explaining his concern for his wife’s sleeping troubles. ”Being a mom is hard, and since we’ve had kids Priscilla has had a hard time sleeping through the night. She’ll wake up and check the time on her phone to see if the kids might wake up soon, but then knowing the time stresses her out and she can’t fall back asleep,” he noted.

To help with her sleeping pattern, Zuckerberg crafted a raised wooden box and the mechanism of a light alarm clock. The “sleep box” is scheduled to emit a faint light between 6 and 7 AM every morning, signaling to his wife that it’s a good time to get out of bed and check on the kids. On the other hand, if she chooses to sleep in during the stated time, the light is dim enough for her to sleep through it. If she wakes up at an earlier time, the absence of the light will let her know that it’s still too early and she can go back to sleep.

“So far this has worked better than I expected and she can now sleep through the night,” he confirmed. Upon publishing it on social media, he has welcomed the community to elevate the idea of a “sleep box.” Eager members of the general public voiced their support, with many claiming to get started on their own versions of the invention.

Take a look at the invention below.

In case you missed it, Zuckerberg also recently launched his own podcast series.

 

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Being a mom is hard, and since we’ve had kids Priscilla has had a hard time sleeping through the night. She’ll wake up and check the time on her phone to see if the kids might wake up soon, but then knowing the time stresses her out and she can’t fall back asleep. So I worked on building her what I call the “sleep box”. It sits on her nightstand, and between the hours of 6-7am it emits a very faint light — visible enough that if she sees it she’ll know it’s an okay time for one of us to get the kids, but faint enough that the light won’t wake her up if she’s still sleeping. And since it doesn’t show the time, if she wakes up in the middle of the night, she knows to just go back to sleep without having to worry about what time it is. So far this has worked better than I expected and she can now sleep through the night. As an engineer, building a device to help my partner sleep better is one of the best ways I can think of to express my love and gratitude. A bunch of my friends have told me they’d want something like this, so I’m putting this out there in case another entrepreneur wants to run with this and build sleep boxes for more people!

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