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Apr 15, 2009, 11:04 AM
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Absalt EasyWakeup (http://easywakeup.net/en) [App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=306244493&mt=8), $9.99] is a unique app that monitors muscle movements in order to wake users at the optimum point in their sleep cycles. The application functions by using the iPhone's built-in accelerometer to detect the minute muscle movements associated with transitions from periods of deep sleep to periods of light sleep while the device is attached to the user's hand or arm.

Users are able to set customized windows of time in which they would like to be wakened, and the application chooses a time of natural wakefulness within that window in which to activate the alarm. This reportedly leads to users waking up feeling more refreshed than if they had been wakened from a deep sleep. Features include:

- Awake at a predefined time like usual alarm clock (supports locked mode aka sleep mode).
- Smart detect the opportune time for awaking (with unlocked mode only).
- Night statistics
- Movement graphs.
- Awake through vibration.
- Setup any melody for alarm (microphone recording support).
- Fade in melody for waking up more easily. (slowly increase melody volume).
- Selectable Snooze (0-10 minutes).
- Setup five different alarm clocks.
- Ignore silent switch.
- Multilanguage support.
- Automatically 24 or 12 hour time format.
- A good support team. =)

The concept behind Absalt EasyWakeup is not new, as devices offering similar functionality have been on the market for several years. One of the more notable devices, SLEEPTRACKER (http://www.sleeptracker.com/), is a wristwatch currently available in several models with suggested retail price ranging from $149 to $179, although significant discounts can be found from a number of vendors.

Article Link: 'Absalt EasyWakeup' Monitors Sleep Patterns to Function as Smart Alarm Clock (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/04/15/absalt-easywakeup-monitors-sleep-patterns-to-function-as-smart-alarm-clock/)



Drumjim85
Apr 15, 2009, 11:07 AM
Not the first time for a device to do this. But it would be a first for the iphone.

samh004
Apr 15, 2009, 11:14 AM
I'd be interested in some reviews of this. Not sure I want to drop $10 before I've seen it in action sort of thing. Then again, I sleep for large periods of the day already, so don't think it'd make much of a difference to me.

cmschmidt
Apr 15, 2009, 11:28 AM
I'm not sure I'd want my phone strapped to my arm while i slept...

Drumjim85
Apr 15, 2009, 11:32 AM
I'm not sure I'd want my phone strapped to my arm while i slept...

also, it would suck to have this app on all night long. Without background tasks, is see this soft of app not very valuable.

jmmo20
Apr 15, 2009, 11:36 AM
also, it would suck to have this app on all night long. Without background tasks, is see this soft of app not very valuable.

imagine the app crashes and you wake up 2 hours late LOL

spazzcat
Apr 15, 2009, 11:37 AM
I'm not sure I'd want my phone strapped to my arm while i slept...

I was thinking the same thing...what if I brake my phone I move around a lot...

k'five
Apr 15, 2009, 11:40 AM
Wow! Very cool. I'd be tempted to try that.

Waking up to an alarm is needlessly unpleasant.

Anything to soften the cracking of the masters whip is welcome.

holventure
Apr 15, 2009, 12:00 PM
Hi all!
I'm one of developer EasyWakeup.

I'd be interested in some reviews of this.
you could find some reviews here - http://easywakeup.net/content/easywakeup-reviews

imagine the app crashes and you wake up 2 hours late LOL
At first, this is not first version. And stability of app is our first prerogative. And if even you have some doubt about crashes you can use it simultaneously with build-in alarm clock.

holventure
Apr 15, 2009, 12:12 PM
Without background tasks, is see this soft of app not very valuable.
You are right. We can't doing anything this it cause Apple SDK limitation (not yet, maybe on OS 3.0). Therefore we have version for jailbroken devices. It much better that AppStore version.
Look here (http://easywakeup.net/en/content/frequently-asked-questions#How_much_drain_battery_EasyWakeup__How_long_time_I_need_charge_my_device_) about drain battery information.

deannnnn
Apr 15, 2009, 12:12 PM
I wouldn't mind having the phone attached to me... but I charge my iPhone at night... I'd probably roll over and strangle myself!

iPhoneNYC
Apr 15, 2009, 12:14 PM
Are there other options available in the App store for strapping on my arm at night? Interesting proposition...

Eso
Apr 15, 2009, 12:20 PM
You have to strap your iPhone to your arm, in your sleep, overnight, with an app running the entire time...

Thanks for the chuckle.

HeadphoneAddict
Apr 15, 2009, 12:25 PM
You are right. We can't doing anything this it cause Apple SDK limitation (not yet, maybe on OS 3.0). Therefore we have version for jailbroken devices. It much better that AppStore version.
Look here (http://easywakeup.net/en/content/frequently-asked-questions#How_much_drain_battery_EasyWakeup__How_long_time_I_need_charge_my_device_) about drain battery information.

The FAQ copied below is a little confusing:

Does the EasyWakeup drain the iPhone/iPod Touch battery? How long does it take to charge my device?
The Full version of EasyWakeup drains the battery by only 2%.
The Lite version of EasyWakeup drains the battery more, because the screen will not turn off.
Average data for one year old phone:
9 hours sleep requires 54% of your battery (less for new iPhones).
After this the battery would need charged 1 hour and 40 minutes to get 100%.
Are you experiencing wildly different results with your device? - look here.
Hint: Device is charged more quickly if it is charged via power adapter.

I just bought the App Store version, so does my 6 month old iPhone 3G drain 2% or 54% - based on the above that is not clear?

I would plan to turn off wifi and 3G, but leave the phone running (with 2G) if possible, in case a call comes in. I'd go to bed between 12mn and 1AM, and wake up between 9:00 and 9:30AM. What would my estimated battery percentage remaining be when I wake up?

Does the phone need to be off (airplane mode) so that background push mail doesn't interrupt it, is that why it must be in airplane mode, or is having the phone off a battery life issue?

iMacoo7
Apr 15, 2009, 12:37 PM
I'm not sure I'd want my phone strapped to my arm while i slept...

um yea.. not to use an application that costs almost 10 bucks

holventure
Apr 15, 2009, 12:52 PM
The FAQ copied below is a little confusing:
Does the phone need to be off so that background push mail doesn't interrupt it, is that why the phone must be off or is having the phone off a battery life issue?
We have updated FAQ page.
# The EasyWakeup Full drains the battery by only 2%.
# The Absalt EasyWakeup and EasyWakeup Lite drains the battery more, because the screen will not turn off.
# Average data for one year old phone:
9 hours sleep requires 54% of your battery (less for new iPhones).
If you leave the phone running your battery will be drained for 2-3%. Under the stipulation that, on you have a good cover for signal (two or more signal stripes - look at picture).

HeadphoneAddict
Apr 15, 2009, 01:09 PM
We have updated FAQ page.

If you leave the phone running your battery will be drained for 2-3%. Under the stipulation that, on you have a good cover for signal (two or more signal stripes - look at picture).

The battery will run down over time even without the EasyWakeup running - Do you mean the battery will be drained a total of 2-3% more than if EasyWakeup wasn't running? That seems like very little drain from having the phone in standby and waiting for calls - do you mean 2-3% per hour?

An easier way to answer - If I charge my iPhone to 100% full before I go to bed, and sleep 8 hours with the phone turned on with 2 or more bars of cell signal, what estimated percentage will the battery be when I wake up?

Sorry for being so dense and not understanding. It's probably easier for you if I just try it tonight and see what happens, without making you answer more questions.

ipoppy
Apr 15, 2009, 01:13 PM
I am interested in reviews as much as others but for some reason for me its just another Placebo effect device. Maybe I am wrong.

stormdrums
Apr 15, 2009, 01:23 PM
well i'll just buy it and test it the next week. sleep is important so i don't care if some money was wasted

holventure
Apr 15, 2009, 01:35 PM
2 HeadphoneAddict
Sorry for confusing.
We are sleeping with iPhone every night (about 7 hours) with Airplane mode ON. And drain battery is 2% for our phones. We are using EasyWakeup Full.
Unfortunally we can't say exactly what happens if you set Airplane mode OFF.

macaddiict
Apr 15, 2009, 01:43 PM
This sounds great! I can't decide whether I want the Cydia version or the AppStore version... Hmm. I had been eying those watches for a while, though ... this sounds really interesting.

darwen
Apr 15, 2009, 02:37 PM
I will definatly buy this when an accessory is developed as a wrist strap. Something like a wireless wristband and a 30 pin dock connector would be well worth the extra expense. Even better if I could still charge the phone while using the accessory (Bluetooth accessory maybe?).

I always wanted to buy one of those watches that do this. I would prefer to support the iPhone developers.

rickshill
Apr 15, 2009, 04:15 PM
I purchased the app from the App Store and would like to know that if i show evidence of my purchase, you can provide a key to the full cydia version so i can decide which one is better.

Thank You,

Richard

twoodcc
Apr 15, 2009, 05:21 PM
hmm. i wish there was a way to try this out before i buy it. if it actually worked, then i wouldn't mind buying it. but i have to sleep with it in my hand all night?

Terdinus Asus
Apr 15, 2009, 06:01 PM
I'd imagine if you just left it on your bed it should still work picking up vibrations from the mattress springs.

Assuming it works relatively. When you're out your body is paralyzed and there should be no motion, so when there is minute movement it should pick it up.

In theory. This app probably will suck for a bed of two. ;)

Jeff321
Apr 15, 2009, 07:01 PM
You have to strap your iPhone to your arm, in your sleep, overnight, with an app running the entire time...

Thanks for the chuckle.

Yeah the app sounds interesting but that doesn't sound very safe for my iPhone.

jake921660
Apr 16, 2009, 12:53 AM
Not the first time for a device to do this. But it would be a first for the iphone.

I remember seeing this on Cydia a few months back.

Cant remember the name so it might have been the same app but now its on the app store but I do remember it doing the same thing. Not sure.

kas23
Apr 16, 2009, 07:08 AM
I'm not about to strap my phone to my hand overnight. Interesting concept though.

terp26
Apr 16, 2009, 10:52 AM
anyone try this last night?

Cara1001
Apr 16, 2009, 10:53 AM
Could be used to detect alcohol drug rape. I was raped several times when at college after parties and only found out cos my friend told me after and the guys fessed up. If I'd had this I'd have had some record of my body being moved around while I slept - could probably have been used in evidence. The jerks got off with it as the dean wanted them for the lacrosse team. I still have nightmares today.

BuzCranne
Apr 16, 2009, 11:35 AM
I've been thinking about getting one of those watches, so I figured it was worth $10 to give this a shot. Too early to tell a whole lot, but here's how it went last night:

I used a cut sock around my forearm to hold the iPhone. Actually not uncomfortable at all, which surprised me. It does seem like a ridiculous habit, but we'll see.

No problems with accidentally pressing the Home button in my sleep. I can't see any way I'd really damage the phone either.

It burned about 50% of my battery during 8 hours. Airplane mode on, brightness all the way down, first gen iPhone 16 months old.

It was set to wake me up between 6:30 and 7:00. It went off at 6:31. It did feel like the "right" time to wake up. I didn't have to force myself to get out of bed and I wasn't too tempted to hit snooze. Placebo effect? Maybe. A few more nights will help me know for sure.

If anyone has any questions I'll try to answer.

macaddiict
Apr 16, 2009, 11:20 PM
I've been thinking about getting one of those watches, so I figured it was worth $10 to give this a shot. Too early to tell a whole lot, but here's how it went last night:

I used a cut sock around my forearm to hold the iPhone. Actually not uncomfortable at all, which surprised me. It does seem like a ridiculous habit, but we'll see.

No problems with accidentally pressing the Home button in my sleep. I can't see any way I'd really damage the phone either.

Wow, you and I did the exact same thing, haha!

The cut sock worked great, and after a few minutes I completely forgot the phone was there. I sleep on my belly, so the phone and my hand was under the pillow.

I set my regular alarm clock for 7:45 and set this program to wake me anytime between 7 and 7:30... it woke me up around 7:20, but the weirdest part was how it feels to be woke up like that. I guess I started to move half awake and BAM the phone starts quietly playing the wake up noise. It was almost the sensation of being woke up in the middle of a dream - really refreshing. No sleepyness.

I had just downloaded the freebie of Cydia, but I think if I have another good week of mornings like this I'll definitely be swinging for the full version.

With my 3G in Airplane mode & wifi off & screen dimmed all the way, my battery was only about 30% gone in the morning. I plugged it in while I was in the shower and it was full again by the time I was ready to go to work.

Worth a try, especially those of you with jailbroken phones!! :o

Eso
Apr 17, 2009, 11:08 AM
Could be used to detect alcohol drug rape. I was raped several times when at college after parties and only found out cos my friend told me after and the guys fessed up. If I'd had this I'd have had some record of my body being moved around while I slept - could probably have been used in evidence. The jerks got off with it as the dean wanted them for the lacrosse team. I still have nightmares today.

So, after the first incident you didn't stop drinking and passing out at Lacrosse team parties?

You may find it helpful to visit Psych Forums (http://www.psychforums.com/viewforum.php?f=119&sid=dc447fffd2b955e847c1d78c37158b49).

Cara1001
Apr 17, 2009, 11:37 AM
So, after the first incident you didn't stop drinking and passing out at Lacrosse team parties?

You may find it helpful to visit Psych Forums (http://www.psychforums.com/viewforum.php?f=119&sid=dc447fffd2b955e847c1d78c37158b49).

I don't think it's appropriate for you to comment in this way. I should be free to drink as much as I like without the fear of being gang raped. Sure it may not be 'responsible' but I was young, and having a good time at college. I suppose you think women who are too drunk to say no are fair game?

BuzCranne
Apr 17, 2009, 06:52 PM
I've only used the app 2 nights so it's a little early for final conclusions, but I'm guessing this app doesn't really do any analysis of your sleep patterns during the night. I think it just sets off the alarm the first time it detects movement within the wakeup time range you specify.

This morning, for example, I was woken up by a noise in my house at a "non-refreshing" moment in my sleep. I rolled over, really wanting to get back to sleep, and as soon as I moved the alarm went off.

Eso
Apr 17, 2009, 07:37 PM
I don't think it's appropriate for you to comment in this way. I should be free to drink as much as I like without the fear of being gang raped. Sure it may not be 'responsible' but I was young, and having a good time at college. I suppose you think women who are too drunk to say no are fair game?

Drinking and passing out at college parties puts one at a very high risk of being raped. People still do it because they don't believe it will happen to them and all that. I would think that if a person did end up getting raped, they would be more considerate of their personal safety next time - not necessarily avoiding parties but certainly being more aware of their drinking. You were most likely not free to drink as much as you wished either, as you were probably underage at the time and there are drinking restrictions for a reason. You say you were young and just having a "good time", but I wonder how anything can be classified as a "good time" can lead into a person being raped. I do not think you are to blame for getting raped. I just wonder at why you continued to put yourself in a dangerous position after having been taken advantage of.

No, I do not think anyone is fair game to be raped. I hate rape and think the legal penalties should be much more severe than they are now. I provided a link to an appropriate forum for rape survivors that you may find helpful. You may also look into getting a therapist if you haven't done so, but I recommend reading the sticky thread at the link of how to go about "shopping" for a therapist.

mikeinternet
Apr 19, 2009, 05:34 PM
If this works that's great. But without background processing it sounds pretty much worthless to me.

If this is real and reliable and would think this technology would be better off being sold to apple and built into the clock app.

holventure
Jun 2, 2009, 08:59 AM
Hi folks!
Now everybody could use EasyWakeup WITHOUT strapping their iPhone/iPod Touch. Last update (2.5) allow this.

to BuzCranne, macaddiict
Guys, could you tell your experience with EasyWakeup after one month using?
Did you try EasyMethod?
Thanks.