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Eight Sleep Launches Updated 'Pod Pro' Smart Mattress With iPhone-Connected Temperature Controls

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A little over one year after first launching "The Pod," Eight Sleep today announced the next iteration of its smart mattress, "The Pod Pro." The updated sleep device retains many features of the original, like temperature control via iPhone, and adds a number of improvements.


Similar to the original model, the Pod Pro has an Active Grid that provides dynamic heating and cooling between 55 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit on each side of the bed. The Pod Pro works by connecting to "The Hub," a small tower that houses hydro-engines and uses water to regulate temperature.

Temperature is controlled directly with the connected Eight Sleep app for iOS and Android. The app breaks down your sleep habits with stats like average time asleep, time it takes you to fall asleep, the time at night you tend to get into bed, and more. These metrics all feed into a "sleep coaching" feature that attempts to give you pointers on how to optimize your nighttime routine.

For couples, the Active Grid can essentially be divided down the middle, and each side's temperature can be controlled individually. Eight Sleep also upgraded the Active Grid to incorporate a new Comfort Blend foam topper for enhanced contouring and pressure point relief.


Other new features include new ambient sensors that can measure the temperature and humidity of a bedroom to adjust bed temperature. The Pod Pro takes these measurements into account, as well as local weather, to keep your bed cool or heat it up based on the environment.

The company also updated the Gentle Rise wake up feature, now including a gentle vibration at chest level to wake up each morning without any sound. This feature also gradually cools or warms the bed minutes before the set wake-up time, and it can be set to go off for the entire mattress, or for individual left/right zones.

Thanks to the sensor improvements, the Pod Pro also includes a new Heart Rate Variability metric that lets users track the impact of sleep on their heart health. With this metric, it's possible for owners to track and understand why they may feel more fatigued throughout the day. The Pod Pro also tracks Resting Heart Rate, Respiratory Rate, Sleep Stages, and Sleep Time.

All of these metrics are catalogued in the Eight Sleep app for iOS and Android devices. The company adds all of them up into a Daily Health Check and Daily Sleep Fitness reports, allowing owners of the Pod Pro to keep an eye on how their sleep is positively or negatively affecting their daily lives.

Eight Sleep is currently taking $200 off the Pod Pro for a Memorial Day Sale, starting at $2,595 for a Full size mattress.

Article Link: Eight Sleep Launches Updated 'Pod Pro' Smart Mattress With iPhone-Connected Temperature Controls
 

DevNull0

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Naming anything "Pod" and piggybacking on Apple products is guaranteed to confuse just about everyone. I honestly had to read everything twice: iPod? iPad? iPad Pro? What are they taking about?

It's all around a horrible naming scheme. I had to read "Eight Sleep Launches" several times wondering what a "Sleep Launch" is and why we need 8 of them. It's a horrible name for a company.

Also, how is your bed having cloud-connected features a value-add? It means it's just a matter of time until the company either starts charing $5/month like Wink or shuts down their cloud completely. There is zero benefit to a cloud connection here, it could all be done better with a local controller, except then people would more easily realize how stupid it is to spend $2600 on this.
 
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richpjr

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I have a Tempurpedic and it was about the price of this bed. I sleep GREAT and this bed will last 10 years. Will this Pod 8 whatever bed last?? Will the heating and cooling continue to work trouble free? Will the company be around to support it?

^This. I paid more than that for my bed and had the same thoughts. Great concept - not sure about the implementation and company. But I’d love a cooling bed.
 
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I get that it has heating/cooling, which is kindof neat - it reminds me of heated/cooled car seats. But unlike car seats, which are often at the mercy of direct sun and outdoors weather - on a bed indoors (under a ceiling fan, too) I've got the ability to modulate my own temperature a lot easier by way of dress (anything from "au naturel" to wool pajamas) and a whole spectrum of sheets blankets and comforters. Seems like people will often gladly pay out the nose for techy stuff that simplifies an existing problem. I'm not sure this product does that.
 
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chucker23n1

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It's a real shame that so many smart home products are overcomplicated solutions for suckers.

You want to control temperate in your bed? Use any normal bed and mattress, and set your radiator. In fact, you can do that from your phone, by getting a $70 smart radiator valve. You'll have $2,525 left for a nice trip somewhere when the pandemic is over.
 
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I actually have the non pro version of this mattress... I am a very warm sleeper, and the cooling function is so amazing. It's like my side of the bed is always the cooler side of the pillow. I do agree that if you use it for warming, it's very pricey, but there aren't a lot of options for cooling, especially one that automatically regulates the temperature based on what part of your sleep you are in.

Will it last? Who knows, I've had mine for going on 2 years or so, and I paid $2k for a queen. Considering 1/3 of your life is in a bed, purchasing a quality mattress is important IMO. The actual mattress this comes with feels similar to a Casper type, it is 5 layers of foam I believe? It's quite comfortable without all the gadgets.

Here is a good review: https://sleepgadgets.io/eight-sleep-pod-review/
 
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Trik

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^This. I paid more than that for my bed and had the same thoughts. Great concept - not sure about the implementation and company. But I’d love a cooling bed.

I can attest, the cooling function is amazing. It actually gets colder than I can tolerate, I set mine to a "-6" out of -10.
 
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richpjr

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I would say most people have at least a queen size bed. So, just for turds and giggles, I checked the price. $2,900 for queen. $3,300 for king. Unreal.
Fast forward a couple years..."Due to lack of sales, customers will need to pay a monthly subscription for their bed to continue to work".

The mattress is clearly not cheap, but companies like Temurpedic charge a lot more than that and it hasn't put them out of business.
 
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Bryan Bowler

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I understand some of the questions and concerns, but I am thankful there are companies innovating products like this. I am hopeful that in 5-15 years features like this will be the norm and we’ll all be enjoying higher quality sleep.
 
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I'm a rolling stone.

For couples, the Active Grid can essentially be divided down the middle, and each side's temperature can be controlled individually. Eight Sleep also upgraded the Active Grid to incorporate a new Comfort Blend foam topper for enhanced contouring and pressure point relief.


So...you need to be a couple to enjoy the bed with more than one person. ;)
 
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jmpage2

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Products like this are DUMB with a capital D.

Average family keeps a mattress for 10-15 years at a minimum. I have a very expensive Select Comfort mattress that is well over 10 years old and zero need or reason to replace it. What will the life of supports and product compatibility be for this product? Three years? Five years if you're lucky?

What a joke.
 
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compwiz1202

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I would say most people have at least a queen size bed. So, just for turds and giggles, I checked the price. $2,900 for queen. $3,300 for king. Unreal.
Fast forward a couple years..."Due to lack of sales, customers will need to pay a monthly subscription for their bed to continue to work".
Heck a mattress could be even worse. Oh look, he refuses to pay; let's screw with the temp when he is trying to sleep.
 
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alfonsog

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I might buy it; I am always hot in bed (both ways) ;) I have a purple mattress now which is supposed to be cool but it is not cool enough for me. I sleep naked with no blankets and I use sheex temperature regulating sheets. My ex-boyfriend used to say I'm like a hot water bottle in bed. I also live in southwest Florida so its always unbearably hot and high humidity everyday. Besides playing music which is cancelled for now I own a restaurant where it's hotter than hell in the kitchen and today is my 60th day in a row working due to corona.
 
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tann

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A smart controlled electric blanket might be a better idea, this seems very niche and who will spend so much on a mattress?!
 
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