Sense Sleep Monitor Tracks Sleep Behavior and Bedroom Environment

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Hello Inc's new Kickstarter project Sense is an iOS-compatible sleep tracking system that allows users to monitor their sleep patterns and bedroom environments without the need for intrusive hardware.

    The primary Sense device is a glow-in-the-dark polycarbonate orb that derives data from factors such as noise, light, temperature, humidity, and air particles to measure sleep quality. Sense also comes with the Sleep Pill, which is a small sensor that clips onto a pillow to track movement with a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope.

    Sense works with its own companion app for iOS to provide users a snapshot of their last night's sleep, offering an overall sleep score in addition a timeline of events throughout the night that triggered movement. The app can even play back noises that were captured by Sense, allowing users to listen to sound disturbances that may have led to an interruption in sleep.

    The app also includes a Smart Alarm feature, which works with the Sense monitor and Sleep Pill to wake a user up at the right time. For instance, if a user begins to move more frequently after an extended period of rest, the app's Smart Alarm will sound off in sync with a sleep rhythm. Sense also includes a number of pre-made sounds and alarms to aide the sleeping experience.

    The Sense sleep monitor and Sleep Pill can be preordered for a special price of $99 on Kickstarter, with regular pre-orders costing $129 afterward. The first Sense monitors and Sleep Pills are expected to begin shipping in November 2014.

    Article Link: Sense Sleep Monitor Tracks Sleep Behavior and Bedroom Environment
  2. macrumors 65816

    captain kaos

    Jan 16, 2008
    Nice, but not 100% there.

    Im a big fan of the sleep cycle alarms for the iphone. Waking up within the right sleep period really makes a difference to how you feel in the morning. It hasn't been done properly yet, but what i was hoping apple would make is a band, such as the concept ones we've seen whereby its tracking your sleep pattern, and then can wake you by vibrating. So far some companies say their system can do it, but they're still not there. Examples are bands that will vibrate, but they're not attached to a sleep tracking app, so will only go off at a set alarm time.

    This is were apple should come along and kill it, but unfortunately i think what we're going to see is a watch, which id say many of us already have and dont need again. The band idea would've been perfect.

    Ive also tried the apps that say they use your mic to sense when your moving, but they don't work at all!
  3. macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2009
    London, UK
    I’ve been following this product with some interest, living in the part of London which I do, there are regular police and ambulance sirens as well as shouting “youth”. The light conditions are rarely anything resembling dark. As a result I often find it difficult to get to sleep, but I sleep well when I do.

    I am curious to see how this would compare to other sleep monitors due to this, if it would ever rate me as having a good nights sleep.

    However it is worth noting that the Sense Pill does not have a replaceable battery and will need to be replaced yearly; pricing for a replacement not yet being released.
  4. macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    In what way would something like this help you? I can see that it would confirm that it was either another siren or drunken yoofs who'd just woken you up, but I'm guessing you'd probably know that anyway - I don't see how it could actually make things any better for people like you who know already what's stopping them getting a decent night's sleep, but can't do anything to change them. Not having a go - just interested.
  5. macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2012
    Better that tracking sleep environment and bedroom behaviour.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    Another Kickstater project that may or may not ever be released...
  7. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I feel like this is going to be used in a horror movie and/or spirit hunter TV show.

    Plus look at the thing - it already looks pretty freaky without it revealing the presence of malicious spirits in your bedroom.
  8. macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2008
    Seeing as this project is $500,000 above it's target.... i think this one will see the light of day.....
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    One major thing that stops me getting to sleep. Any damn light source at all. I have everything turned off or annoying standby lights covered up with tape, thick curtains and no light at all.

    A glow on the dark ball? No Thanks.
  10. macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Non-replacable battery in the sense pill? No thanks! I'm not buying an all new sense pill every year.
  11. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    There's a lot of things a product like this could help with. I think the price is good, and I think while some here are complaining about the battery not being replaceable, well after a year of using the product, I don't think you'd need another if you took its analyzations seriously. I mean, by the third month, you should be taking some actions based on the readings. Otherwise you're wasting your time and money.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    I've been curious about a product like this for a while now, as I'm told I sometimes convulse at night and would love a product that could show me when and how much. The current regular ones like the Jawbone UP don't seem suited to this, despite having the sensors to presumably notice it.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Jawbone UP has been doing just that since 2011! It wakes you up by vibration at the best time during your sleep cycle.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2011
    57°F on Monday? I know Americans have their special ways with air conditioning, but it can't possibly be that bad.
  15. macrumors member


    Jul 14, 2009
    Also features a hidden webcam and comes with direct link into the NSA so they can see what you are up to when you sleep!
  16. macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2013
  17. macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA
    My fitbit force did this... ?


    I think the thing here is that it doesn't help you fall asleep rather it helps you understand what disrupts your sleep cycle; what brings you in and out of REM Sleep... :)
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2008
    Montreal, Qc

    Bad bad move!

    I have a lot of Bluetooth 4 / ANT+ Bicycle sensors (Heart rate straps, Power meter, GPS Unit, ++) that are in a far worst conditions than being clipped on a pillow and they all have easy to replace CR-232 batteries.

    Will not buy that thing with a such limitation!
  19. macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2003
    new york city
    They're listening

    it's a kickstarter, so it's work in progress. And they're listening. If you go to the kickstarter page, they say they're changing to replaceable batteries.
  20. macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2008
    This is actually a pretty interesting concept. I have gone through a few sleep apps that are available via the App Store. However, I must move around a lot since I would tend to find my phone on the floor in the middle of the night or in the morning. Thus, I would end up deleting the app since I didn't want my iPhone to take a beating from falling out of bed every night.

    The companion app seems pretty intuitive, and most importantly, I wouldn't have to lay my iPhone under my pillow before I go to bed at night. This is something I probably would check out. But they need to make the battery in the pill replaceable first.
  21. macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2008
    Here is a question though, it says it's "glow in the dark", one of the worst things for sleeping is light.
    So if you are trying to get a device to help you sleep better having one glow at night and throw of your sleep is kind of counter intuitive.

    I make sure my ipad's and any LED's in the room are shut off or i tend to wake up from them, hope you can turn it off heh.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    Sense or Senseless?
    Still looks cute. I would rather give it to my dog and measure how hard he chew it.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2009
    London, UK
    Thats the thing, once I’m asleep I’m not woken up by it. I’m interested to see to what extent I’m able to unconsciously ignore these noises, rather than to what extent they disrupt me.

    Plus; I’ve been told I sleep talk, and who isn’t curious about that!
  24. macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
    this is why people cant sleep because they think to much about it. they buy all types of garbage when all you need is a clear mind
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    I pledged but had not noticed. This is good news - thanks for the info.

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