Sense tracks your sleep without intruding on it (Wired UK)


Sense


Sleep trackers already come in all shapes and forms — whether
they’re apps on your phone or sensors strapped to your wrist. But
if you really want to know more about your sleep — not just the
length of time you’ve been slumbering for — a new device called Sense claims to provide the
solution.

Sense is a whole sleep system that consists of a glowing orb
that perches on your bedside table and a “Sleep Pill” sensor packed
with a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope that discreetly clips
to your pillow. The final piece of the puzzle is an app that you
download to your smartphone.

While the sensor picks up the same kind of information as a
wearable fitness tracker might — the length and depth of your
sleep — and relay that back to your phone, the orb will
simultaneously take in information about the environment around you
so that you are provided with more intelligent information about
why you have or haven’t had a good night’s sleep. The orb is able
to absorb information like noise, temperature, light, humidity and
particles in the air. As the data accumulates night after night,
you will learn more about your sleep patterns and how the
environment you’re sleeping in affects them.


Sense


The idea is that the system will allow people to use technology
to measure sleep without it actually being something intrusive that
we have to actively take to bed with us. Each morning you will
receive a score for the previous night’s sleep. The score doesn’t
just reflect how well you slept, but how ideal your sleep
environment was that night. If a car alarms goes off in the night,
for example, you score might take a hit.

You will also be able to play back recordings of any noises that
affected your sleep so that you can see exactly what it was that
disturbed you. If you sleep with a partner, you can clip a second
sensor to their pillow and find out if their movement or snoring is
disturbing you during the night.

Sense contains a speaker, meaning that it can play white noise
or rain sounds if you find that helps you get to sleep better. The
built-in smart alarm will also supposedly wake you at the perfect
point in your sleep cycle. If the Sense Pill detects that you are
stirring shortly before your alarm goes off, it will wake you then,
rather than waiting, as you could well slip back into a deep sleep.
We’re keen to see exactly how this works compared to similar
features on wearables we’ve tested, which usually just wake you
half an hour before the time your alarm is set for.

Sense is built by Hello, a San Francisco-based company headed up
by 22-year-old James Proud from London. Proud is a coder and has
been based in California since he was 19, when he received funding
from former CEO of PayPal to work in the US.

Proud started working on Sense because he believes that too many
people neglect sleep, and that “we can do better”. “We spend a
third of our lives asleep, it’s the foundation of each day and
everything depends on it. Everyone that is looking at sleep from a
technology point of view is going about it from the wrong way in
our minds. You shouldn’t be having to wear things, press buttons
or, in general, do anything that seems like it’s technology. Sense
is designed to fade away and not look like a typical piece of
technology.”

Sense is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, but with 29 days to go it has
already reached $90,889 of its $100,000 target [ at the time of
writing]. To get your own Sense you will have to pledge $99 (£58),
which is $29 less than the official pre-order price. The product
will ship in November 2014.

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23 July 2014 | 5:20 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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