Cot simulates car to help parents get babies to sleep

Daily Mail

For many new parents, there is only one guaranteed solution to putting their baby down at the end of the day – a night-time drive. Now parents can help their tiny tots nod off with a new cot which simulates the gentle vibrations, lights and sounds of a car journey. Parents can use an app to collect data from different routes as they drive - which they can then reproduce for their tot's cot when they get home. Ford's Max Motor Dreams cot reproduces the lights and sounds of a particular journey which helps babies slip into slumber The Max Motor Dreams looks like a normal cot but can produce gentle movements, lights and sounds which simulate a car journey. Controlled using a smartphone app, it even simulate street lighting.


These Streetlights Are Great For The Planet -- But Horrible For Your Health

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

That last one may not have made it on your checklist for finding your last home, apartment or condo, but doctors now say it probably should have. Even though they save energy, some light-emitting diode (or LED) streetlights are too bright and may actually be putting your health and security at risk, according to new recommendations from the American Medical Association, the largest professional association of doctors in the U.S. The benefits of LED lights include a lot of energy and cost savings. They use up to 50 percent less energy than conventional lights. And the lifetime of LED lights is two to four times that of older, non-LED lights, which means lower maintenance costs for cities that need to change a street's lightbulbs when they go out. But the bottom line from the AMA is that high-intensity LED streetlights that emit too much blue light can actually throw off sleep patterns of the people living in those neighborhoods and make nighttime glare on roads worse than conventional lights.


'LED street lights are disturbing my sleep'

BBC News

In towns and cities across the world, the colour of night is changing. Traditional yellow sodium street lights are steadily being replaced by white LED bulbs. The new lights use less energy, dramatically cutting carbon emissions and saving money. But not everybody is happy. "When the leaves left the trees and I tried to sleep, I turned to one side and the light's shining right in my eyes."


Light pollution is causing spring to arrive a WEEK early: Scientists warn street lamps are changing the seasons

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Anyone who lives in a city will be aware of the effects of light pollution. The bright lights produced by a city make it difficult to see stars in the sky and disrupts sleep patterns. But light pollution has another side-effect, it can push spring to emerge a week earlier in cities than in the country, a new study has found. The bright lights produced by a city make it difficult to see stars in the sky and disrupts sleep patterns. But light pollution has another side-effect, it can push spring to emerge a week earlier in cities than in the country, a new study has found.


Modern LED street lights 'damage people's eyesight and dazzle motorists'

Daily Mail

Modern street lights can keep people awake at night and damage their eyesight, a report has warned. Hundreds of thousands of street lights have been replaced by LEDs which are cheaper to run and have lower emissions. But Public Health England (PHE) said the'uncomfortable' lights could cause long-term damage to people's eyesight, leaving them with health problems akin to'permanent jet lag'. It also warned that the increased use of LED lights on new cars risked dazzling oncoming drivers, particularly if they are elderly. Dozens of councils are replacing mercury and sodium street lights with LED alternatives, the chief medical officer's annual report said.