Beddit: new mattress monitors your sleep
Beddit, a Finnish company which produces sleep-tracking devices for researchers and athletes, is to bring a mattress sensor and mobile app to the consumer market.
The sensor, thin enough to be placed under a sheet, tracks the user’s heart rate, breathing rhythm and movement while they sleep, as well as the noise and light in their bedroom.
It then sends this information via Bluetooth to an iOS or Android smartphone, which analyses the quality of sleep and offers tips on how this can be improved - such as recommending times to go to bed or changing the conditions of the room.
The app also features an alarm clock which can wake the user up at a moment when they are sleeping lightly, rather than disturbing them during deep sleep.
Beddit was founded in 2006 but was unable to bring a sleep-monitoring product to the mass market because of the previously prohibitive cost of manufacturing the devices - around $669 (€500) - according to CEO Lasse Leppäkorpi
“We had been focused on basic monitoring in hospitals with tracking heartrate and breathing without touching the patient,” Leppäkorpi said.
“Now the next piece is to bring this technology in the form of a consumer mobile app to market. We’ve been developing this for a long time.”
He added: “You spend one-third of your life in bed but people know very little about how they actually sleep.
“Most of us think that we know how we sleep — that we sleep well or that we sleep poorly. But it’s often a surprise.”
The project was launched on the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo, where Beddit hope to raise $80,000 (€59700) to bring the product to a commercial market.
Those backing the device will get a discount on their mattress sensor - $99 (€74) rather than the planned retail price of $149 (€111) – as well as other perks on the sleep tracker's release, which is planned for November.