Good news, light sleepers! Smart earplugs now exist.
Hush earplugs are wireless noise-masking earplugs that connect to your smartphone and play soothing sounds, such as white noise, ocean waves and rainfall, for more than 10 hours. Hush connects wirelessly to your smartphone, so sleeping through your alarm isn't an issue; the alarm will go off right in your ears when it's time to wake up.
Invented by three University of California, San Diego students who are all named Daniel (Daniel "Ewok" Lee, Daniel Synn and Daniel "Chesong" Lee), Hush earplugs hit Kickstarter on Nov. 12 with a goal of $100,000. As of Wednesday, the campaign had raised almost $240,000.
The Daniels initially came up with the idea for Hush when their noisy college environment was causing them to lose sleep. They soon realized that smart earplugs could also benefit anyone who travels a lot, sleeps next to someone who snores or is just looking for a little peace and quiet.
"The basic value of Hush is 'block out the world. Hear what you need,'" Daniel "Ewok" Lee told The Huffington Post. "In trying to still let you hear what you need, there was no better interface than your smartphone -- everything that gets to you is channeled through your phone already! It just made sense to tap into that. Also, our earplugs are so small that it would be terrible to have to fumble with buttons on them."
Hush earplugs will retail at about $149, and their estimated delivery is spring 2015. The Daniels are working to make them compatible with more devices.
"Hush is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones with bluetooth 4.0 enabled. We'll eventually be compatible with Windows -- we're just not at a financial stage yet to bring on another Windows phone developer."
Dreaming about that amazing night of sleep yet?
Note: Snoring can be associated with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and caused by serious disorders like sleep apnea. If you or your partner is a snorer, consult a doctor.