By CCN: Have you heard about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s newest invention? It’s a box covering up a light to keep you from watching the clock when you should be falling asleep.
Facebook Founder: Being a Mom is Hard. Here’s a Glowing Box to Show I Care.
He built the contraption, called the “sleep box,” to help his wife sleep through the night. His eureka moment came when he concluded that being a mom is hard.
This thoughtful invention was to show his wife he cares – at least enough to build her a glowing wooden box.
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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!
But here’s the thing, and the catch. The Facebook CEO shared his invention on his Instagram, apparently thinking that an entrepreneur could turn it into the hottest-selling childcare item since the velcro swaddle.
“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!”
According to Zuckerberg, the device works like a charm, in that it saves his wife from having to check the clock – or her smartphone.
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.
She KNOWS to just go back to sleep! Hilarious.
Twitter Roasts Mark Zuckerberg’s Sleep Box
On its face, this sleep box seems to be a way over-the-top solution to a problem. I’ve wrestled with sleep with an alarm clock in the bedroom. I covered it up, and then eventually got it out of there.
I didn’t have to share my solution on Instagram. I didn’t pass it off as an invention other entrepreneurs worth their salts could consider pursuing. My friends would laugh heartily in my face!
But we’re talking about Zuckerberg here, and the Twitter-verse quickly called him out for sharing the device as if it was some great leap forward in human ingenuity.
I love how the Zuckerbergs think they are sharing some great knowledge. They are totally detached from reality. The only way they will come back down to earth is to lose all their money
Mark Zuckerberg Builds Glowing "Sleep Box" For Wife – NDTV https://t.co/HfKai60IV1
— erikaandmum (@BombshellsJunk) April 29, 2019
Alternative genius idea: plug a small nightlight into a timer switch for less than $10.
Mark Zuckerberg built a glowing ‘sleep box’ to help his wife snoozehttps://t.co/xvX9R5qOgX
— Sara Jo (@SaraJoAllen) April 29, 2019
Hey Mark…what about an alarm that goes off on your iPhone. It’s available in many sounds. #SMH What’s next? A night light in a box? #SMH Mark Zuckerberg built a glowing ‘sleep box’ to help his wife snoozehttps://t.co/ve9LJhghfQ
— SusanKnowles (@SusanKnowles) April 29, 2019
Others poked fun related to Facebook’s previous hacking issues.
— Joe Zeinieh 👊🏼 (@ZGeneration) April 29, 2019
Altogether, the Mark Zuckerberg roast proved virtually as hilarious as the device itself.
I had to read this about 3 times before I realised Zuckerberg hasn’t just made a box for his wife to sleep in. https://t.co/xLAl3Y3Iah
— King Squirrelsworth, first of his name™ 🐿 (@WebSquirrel) April 29, 2019
No matter the reason Zuckerberg chose to share his sleep box, it’s getting the buzz that the social media giant founder enjoys. It sure beats the heck out of making headlines for another privacy breach!