NEW YORK-As an antidote for the jet-lagged road warrior, Philips Electronics debuted "The Stumble Light" today at the International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show in New York City. This motion-activated device lights a path from the bed to the bathroom with only enough light to enable a safe journey, but without the bright light that usually results in total alertness. The Stumble Light is designed primarily for hotel applications and will be available during the first quarter of 2007.
"We were investigating potential products that would simplify the hotel experience, and our research quickly focused on the business executive who frequently travels great distances, through many time zones, for short periods of time," explained Govi Rao, vice president and general manager, Philips Solid State Lighting, North America. "Unfortunately, these travelers' sleep patterns are frequently disrupted, and many who participated in the research said that they found a trip to the bathroom perilous in unfamiliar surroundings because they were hesitant to turn on the room lights for fear of not being able to return to sleep."
The Stumble Light - which utilizes motion-detection and LED technology - is a simple solution to the problem of keeping on or turning on bright, overhead lights.
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of "sense and simplicity". Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 126,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of $37.7 billion (EUR 30.4 billion) in 2005, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, personal care and home appliances, as well as consumer electronics. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
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