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Even Your Sleeping Hours Aren't Safe From Social Media, Thanks to This Perverse New Invention

For most rational human beings, the span of several hours of the night when we finally put down our phones and disconnect is a treasured, holy time. But for those of you who relish letting go and drifting off into a tech-less sleep, enjoy it while you can, as the night is about to get lit (with notifications).

The Aumi Mini, an absolutely horrifying, Twilight Zone-esque Kickstarter project, was surfaced by The Verge today, and the internet — as well as our sleeping habits — may never be the same. What looks like a simple nightlight actually serves as a strobing, blinking customised-colour notifications system, and what it seeks to do is ensure that you never miss a single email, push alert, or social-media shenanigan ever again. With more than 150 percent of its target already backed, it's very unlikely that the Aumi Mini won't be made, which means that sooner rather than later, these devices will begin entering our bedrooms and informing us of the FOMO we wouldn't know we had without them.

Suffice it to say, Twitter had a field day with the mere concept of never being disconnected from the internet. And since you may have missed it given the fact that you don't yet have a nightlight alerting you to the goings-on of your phone while you're not looking at it, we've done a quick jaunt through the best of the best reactions to the news as it broke today.


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