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Circa Standalone Smart Alarm Clock

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4.8?
Discovered on 2017-12-07

Get the sleep you need with the Circa Standalone Smart Alarm Clock. More than just a clock, this device makes it easy to fall asleep and wake up on time. Even down to the aesthetics, this clock helps you sleep. The OLED touchscreen emits less light at night than your average alarm clock. In addition, you can also customize different clock interfaces. The Circa Clock uses a smart sleep sensor that sits under your mattress. By tracking your sleep, it knows when the optimal moment is to wake you. This way, you feel more rested and ready to start your day. Plus, you can also integrate with a variety of products including Philips Hue and Nest for optimal sleep conditions. It even integrates with your Spotify account. If you need some assistance, you can employ a variety of sleep sounds and even a breathing assistant. All of this technology is wrapped in a modern design complete with Kvadrat fabric.

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Overview & Specs
Display :
OLED Touchscreen
Connectivity :
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Audio :
2x Speakers, 1x Passive Bass Radiators
Features :
Soothing Sounds, Noise, Breathing Assistant
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Circa Labs
@Wim Last weeks we have mainly focused on the campaign so we didn't have much time to continue the product development. We'll have more time to work on the features in the upcoming weeks.
Wim Muyllaert
Any news on the vibrating to wake a person up? Circa related to be clear.
Circa Labs
@Benjamin Thanks! We're currently in contact with the Somnox team about how we could collaborate in the future :)
Benjamin
First of all, thank you for this wonderful product. I love the design and I can't wait to finally try it. Just an idea, maybe you can cooperate with the Somnox project on Kickstarter for tracking sleepdata.
Circa Labs
@Dan, thanks for your suggestion. For now we decided to focus our efforts on the sensor itself. We decided not to integrate the microphone because of privacy reasons but might create an external microphone at some point. Hope that works for you, if you have any other suggestions please send us a message, happy to hear!
Dan J Williams
Great work guys! Looking forward to the launch of this, I’ve been on the hunt for an alarm like this for some time. I’m a bit late to this party so you might’ve already been over this but I wanted to ask about your sleep monitoring. Sleep Cycle App does a great job of of tracking using the microphone only, it would be a perfect feature to The Stand for those of us that aren’t as anal about accuracy. Have you considered or will you consider integrating the feature? I understand privacy is a main concern, one i strongly agree with, but I feel like you’re missing a major trick to having the perfect alarm.
Half-Pint-Hero -> Peter ;-)
Congratulations!!
Alejandro Mery
Amazing new about having reached 100%. congratulations!
Circa Labs
@Wim Yes it’s on our wishlist. We’re currently looking into the specifics and licence.
Wim Muyllaert
Any plans on adding Apple Music to the list?
Circa Labs
@Dave This shouldn't be a problem if you fix the sensor to the slats with some double-sided tape.
Circa Labs
@Jack Hi Jack, thanks for your support! - We indeed will be implementing the dedicated trigger button.
- The weight detection feature we want to test a bit more to see if it can work reliably so that it's helpful to people. We don't want to have the lights going on just because you moved your weight during your sleep or you're temporarily not on the sensor.
- It is indeed possible to trigger your lights from the beginning of the 30 minute wake cycle.
- Spotify is implemented in the device itself.
Circa Labs
@Wim Because of privacy concerns we decided to leave microphones and camera's out of the alarm clock. It can be easily turned off using buttons or the screens.
Dave
Will the sensor also work with beds with a slatted base?
Jack Kelly
Simply cannot wait for this product. I've been looking for something with all of these services for a while.
I'm curious to the degree of smart home integration:
• Is there a dedicated trigger button on the clock capable of turning off my bedroom light?
• Are you able to set up triggers that turn off lights when weight in bed is detected, and turn on lights at the start of the 30 minute wake up cycle (however, I don't doubt you already have)?
• Further, is the Spotify streaming from the phone via bluetooth, or does it run independently through the clock? Thank you and best of luck.
Wim Muyllaert
Will there be an easy way to turn off the alarm? My girlfriend wakes up an hour earlier and can't really reach my nightstand easily where the alarm clock stands. Will there be a mic build in so she could tell it to stop sounding the alarm or to use alexa/siri/etc...?
Circa Labs
@Wim The product will be manufactured in Poland and distributed from the Netherlands so this shouldn't lead to any problems.
Circa Labs
@David We're currently working on the software implementation of DAB+ and we're planning to show the DAB+ image on the screen.
Wim Muyllaert
Will be product be manufactured in the nederlands? I live in Belgium, so I guess I won't be paying import taxes and customs?
David Mager
Great product! Because I already wanted to buy a DAB+ Radio in the near future, I instantly backed for your project with it's practical additional features.
I have still one question: Can the Circa display the "DAB+ slideshow" (image over DAB+) ? I like this feature in my car, where the DAB+ Radio shows an broadcasted image / cover to the played track.
Thanks!
Circa Labs
@Wim Yes we're ramping up advertising and paid promotions and continue to work on media outreach. If you and other people want to help out, please join our Nouncy campaign with Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and collectively will announce Circa's final week! http://getcirca.nouncy.com/circa-smart-alarm-clock#/
Wim Muyllaert
Will there be any promotions to lure more backers? I really want this project to succeed.
Circa Labs
@Gaurav Shipping is included!
Gaurav Chugh
Hi, is shipping included in my pledge amount? Thanks.
Circa Labs
@Wim Thanks for your compliments! To respond to your questions: - It is indeed possible to show the time at night. By dimming the display, having a thin night clock and an OLED display you're able to see the time without having a lot of light coming from the display. - Some clocks show both time and date. - We're looking into the possibilities of using vibration to wake someone up, we still need more testing to decided whether it's something we can support from the start. - Currently the colons do not blink, with the reason that you suggested. - With regards to connecting your phone to Circa to be alerted of calls please have a look at our response to Charlie below. It's something we would like to explore but we're a bit worried that the process of setting it up properly is quite cumbersome and that Bluetooth connectivity issues during the night would result in missing important calls. If you have a good suggestion, please let us know!
Charlie
I can understand the concern with overloading someone with all notification sounds their phone makes. I'm very judicious about my notifications sounds in general and turn most everything off, I even use Do Not Disturb to ensure nothing gets through that unwanted overnight.
I feel the idea of having a alarm clock would be to replace that function on my phone. I've struggled with trying not use my phone before bed so ideally I would love to have my phone in a separate room at night to remove that distraction.
It's exciting that the Circa team is interested in feedback like this and I hope that the team is able to incorporate some aspects of this in the final design.
Wim Muyllaert
Great campaign, just a few questions:
- Instead of completely turning off the screen at night, will it be possible to dim it so you (my girlfriend who can't reach the alarm clock on my bedside) can see the current time?
- Will it display time and date?
- Is it possible to let the sensor vibrate to wake someone up? Or is it just for analyzing sleep patterns? I would be great if some kind of external hardware could be placed under your pillow and it will wake that person without waking the other one.
- Will the colon blink between the hour and minutes? If yes, can you turn it off so it doesn't?
- Can I keep my phone in another room when on call and still be alerted if someone calls? I want to completely ban the smartphone from the bedroom. All the best, hope it reaches the goal.
Greetings
Wim
Circa Labs
@Dwayne, thanks so much! We're looking into SmartThings. And it's indeed possible to tie 2 different alarm times to the individual sensors. Hope that helps :)
Circa Labs
@Eric, awesome! Send us a private message with your email and location and we put you on the list!
Dwayne Johnson
love the idea and sensors. just pledged. hoping to add possible smartthings integration or IFTTT.
I also second the idea of using two sensors and having the ability to tie it to 2 different alarm times. I would buy another sensor separate for this feature. my wife gets up first and i am 45 mins later.
Eric Singhartinger
Just backed! I'd love to be a beta tester. I'm a senior product guy, UI, UX. Where can I apply? :)
Circa Labs
@Charlie, thanks for your question. Our worry is that by default all alerts and signals are transferred over Bluetooth. So in case people didn't set-up their phone properly, notification sounds will also play through Circa in case of a Whatsapp message or Instagram like. Another challenge is, that if for some reason the Bluetooth signal would temporarily drop you could miss an important call at night. To keep things clear and simple, we think that the best solution in this case it to configure your phone the way you want it and leave it at the other side of the bedroom. In that way it won't distract you before sleep but it will wake you up when necessary. Curious to know if this would work for you or if you have another suggestion.
Charlie
Being Bluetooth connected to my phone, will the circa be able to ring when my phone rings? I am on call every few weeks and need to be available in case of emergency. Would I be able to leave my phone in a different room and still be alerted if someone on my team needs me?
Circa Labs
@Gordon, thanks for your question. Good audio quality has actually been one of our starting points. We have literally tested and measured dozens of enclosures with different speaker configurations to come to our final design. We’re using a passive radiator - often seen in higher end Bluetooth speakers - to extend the low end and create a rich and dynamic sound. 

We have one USB socket that is intended for the bed sensor. Our aim is to help you to keep the phone away from the bedside, but if you don’t want to use the sensor you’re able to charge your phone with this UBS socket.
Gordon
How's the speaker sounds? Is it good?
And can I charge my phone through the USB port? Thanks a lot!
Circa Labs
@Pascal, thanks for your support! We're working hard to get more people in and have some plans for the upcoming week. As Pascal mentioned, if anyone has suggestions or connections to help promote the campaign we would love to hear them!
Pascal Den Hartog
anyone having a suggestion to promote this campaign? We still need more supporters.
Circa Labs
@Gabriel, thanks for your question! Seems interesting, we'll look into it! :)
Gabriel
Hi @Circa Would you look into including a local MQTT service so users can integrate with local home automation systems like Home Assistant?
Circa Labs
@Pascal, thanks for your questions! We’ve looked into binaural sounds in the past but as far as we know you need headphones in order to present different sounds in each ear. One of the goals in our product was that you don’t need to wear anything but that it just works. With regards to your question about Kokoon, we see a future opportunity for Circa to become the sleep hub/interface to control and get insights from other sleep products. We are interested to integrate more music services in the future, including Apple Music, but haven’t worked out the details with regards to licensing yet. With regards to IFTTT, we’re currently happy to work with Triggi. They have some cool stuff coming up! With regards to waking you up earlier in case of a traffic jam, cool idea but I think that it has to be executed absolutely perfectly to make sense for people to use it. Otherwise it can become an annoyance really fast. We first want to make sure that the core of the product works great.
Pascal Den Hartog
have you considered binaural sounds that will adjust the frequency according to your sleep state
have you considered integration with EEG wearables like kokoon (kickstarter)
Do you consider apple music integration?
Do you consider iftt integration?
Do you consider integration with traffic and weather service so the alarm wakes you earlier when traffic jams occur.
Circa Labs
@Jon, thanks for your compliments. We started with Spotify, Bluetooth and Radio and are looking into adding new ways of listening to your favorite music, including Chromecast. As it involves getting acces to SDK's, checking privacy implications and having a license we can't currently guarantee but we're working on it. With regards to exporting the sleep data, this is something we also would like to do. We decided to first focus on getting the core functionality and product ready but it's definitely on our list to add in one of the first updates.
Circa Labs
@Steven Yes we have a screensaver option. Basically after no detection of activity for some time it will always go back to the main clock face. You can choose the main clockface to be completely black by default, only showing the time when you interact with the device.
Steven Lee
Thanks for the reply Circa Labs. Is there a "screen saver" option whereby with no activity detected after X minutes, the display will switch off, or go to the night clock mode?
Jon Grane Madsen
Hi
First of all the product looks really great! Both ID and overall functionality. Questions:
Are you considering adding chromecast music functionality?
Are you considering giving the option to export the sleep data? As a heavy snoozer, I'm sligtly worried about the buttons. Are they far enough apart to allow for both snooze and "stop alarm" functions? Or will you split this between physical buttons and the screen. Myself, I kinda like the slam-on-top to make the thing stop :)
Circa Labs
@Steven this is one of the functionalities we have spend a lot of time on. With regards to the dimming it can be automatically adjusted (you're able to set the minimum and maximum boundary for the brightness in this case) or you can manually set the brightness. At night, we allow people to set a "night clock" that switches on at for example 9 in the evening till 8 the next morning. The night clocks are thin and have a black background, because of the OLED (where black is completely off) in combination with the dimming there is very little light coming from them. Less then your average digital alarm clock with red numbers. Another option is to turn the display off and only show the clock when you tap the device. Hope that answers your question. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Steven Lee
Dear Circa Labs, can I check what are the brightness/dimness control that user can access over the screen, both in normal operation and also during the night? Personally I am keen on how dim I can get a display if I need to see in the middle of the night.
Circa Labs
@Joshua We're aware of the issues with ghosting and burn-in that can occur with OLED. We took this as one of the main principles in the design process. The menu is only active when people are using the device and we're indeed designing the clocks to move around/expand/have a level of transparency to prevent display burn-in.
Joshua
Thank you for the quick reply, I'm also curious if you've had any issue with ghosting or burn-in on the OLED? Is the clock going to move or anything?
Circa Labs
@Desmaisons Hi, in our implementation we can easily add translations for several languages. We are currently developing in English but are planning to release several other languages including French, Spanish, German and Dutch very soon.