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Review: HANDI light and BEDDI Glow SE from Witti Design

This review is illuminating.

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Image: Joe Rice-Jones / KnowTechie
The Good
Innovative design
Easy to use
Motion tracking on the HANDI works well
The Bad
BEDDI Glow SE is slightly expensive
8.6
Overall

Witti Design might be best known for its DOTTI, which is a small desktop display that uses pixel art to show when your mobile device has notifications. They have a whole range of quirky, useful devices for the modern home beyond this and sent over a couple for us to look at.

How HANDI

The HANDI is a stylish night light with a few tricks packed into the slim housing. Motion activation is added to the usual mix, so it’s always ready to shine when you stumble out of bed in the middle of the night. The motion tracking is automatically turned on when in a dark environment and will activate the light when motion is detected up to three meters away. It’ll also turn off automatically after 20 seconds of no motion for battery saving.

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HANDI is easy to fit where it’s needed, using a 3M adhesive strip to fix to any surface you can find. It’s also portable once the mounting plate is on, HANDI uses magnets to hold onto the mount so it’s really easy to pick up and walk around with.

Our family is about to grow by one, and I can see how handy this new light will be for those middle-of-the-night feeding runs. HANDI is also rechargeable via a micro-USB port, so no more hunting for batteries when it runs low. It’ll charge fully in four hours, which gives it 90 days of standby based on one hour or less of motion-activated use per day or approximately 10 hours of flashlight use.

BEDDI Glow SE from Witti Designs

We’ve all been woken up by someone uttering the line “Morning, sunshine!” Well, now the sunshine goes with you, with the sunrise simulating warm light this smart alarm from Witti has built-in. The light can be set to turn on roughly five minutes before the alarm tone sounds, which helps you to rise from slumber feeling more energetic. Let’s face it, nobody’s a morning person by choice so any help is welcome.

You can also use the light as a lower-powered nightlight, or as a reading light. I really like the glow it gives off, especially in the constantly-changing rainbow mode. Hotel rooms feel so generic it was really nice to be able to personalize some of the details using the light.

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Image: Joe Rice-Jones / KnowTechie

The BEDDI Glow SE also has some smart features, which currently let you link your Spotify and Uber accounts to allow one-touch activation. I’m not sure I want a one-touch Uber hailing button right next to the snooze button, so I opted to set it up with my Spotify account. It was a welcome change to wake up to my own playlists in high quality instead of whatever the local radio station was playing. The speakers in the BEDDI Glow SE won’t win any awards for volume, but they were clean sounding, without distortion, which is more important.

The Smart button can also be configured to change lighting modes, read you the current weather for your location, and a few other useful functions.

There are two USB ports on the top for charging your devices, a battery compartment for backup power so your alarm is guaranteed to go off in the morning and a companion app for your smartphone that helps you set up the device and manage it afterward. The app also sets the time on the clock automatically, so it’ll take care of time zone changes for you so you don’t have to think once you get off your flight. There’s also a Kensington lock slot if you want to secure it while traveling.

While it’s aimed at business travelers and hotels, don’t let this put you off for home use – these features are just as useful for your household. Waking up to music and light is great for anyone.

I’ve been really impressed by the thoughtful design of these two devices from Witti Designs. The ease-of-use and genuinely useful additions to normal household items make them stand out in a market stuffed with copies.

HANDI retails at $149 and can be found on Amazon.

Sample units were provided for the purpose of this review.

For more reviews, make sure to check out:

The Good
Innovative design
Easy to use
Motion tracking on the HANDI works well
The Bad
BEDDI Glow SE is slightly expensive
8.6
Overall

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