Douglas Wood’s 夜間night dock (translation: Dusk to Dawn) is not your typical iPhone dock. There is no speaker, nor is there a way to see the display, so it would be less then effective if you use your iPhone as an alarm clock. The 夜間night swallows the iPhone whole and in the morning, you’ll have a fully charged device. Wood’s thinking different about docks is directly related to how it handles notifications. With the iPhone barely visible, a notification will result in a pulsing light, a vast departure from the default glow. This is a not so subtle reminder that perhaps you should turn off your iPhone, preventing you from being disturbed by pesky notifications.
This is great if you:
a. Remember to turn off notifications (which might be easier with the new Do Not Disturb feature in iOS 6)
b. Are someone who can take a break from the Internet during sleep.
We live in an Internet addicted society. Sometimes taking a break is a good thing, especially while sleeping. Do you really need to see that someone retweeted your tweet or that someone liked your post? If you’re doing mission critical work, it’s understandable. For the rest of us, this clock will help us enjoy some serious NREM sleep. Not to mention the counter-benefit of avoiding any late night data usage. Who am I kidding? No way I turn my iPhone off, regardless of the time of the day.