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A 22-year-old British entrepreneur's new sleep-tracking kit has cracked $1.2m (?708,000) in its first week on Kickstarter's crowdfunding platform.

James Proud launched his product, Sense, on 23 July with a goal of raising $100,000 within 30 days.

But it passed the $1m-mark on Sunday, and has been forecast to raise more than $4m by the period's end.

Sense includes an orb that monitors the bedroom, a clip that attaches to the pillow, and a mobile phone app.

The equipment produces a unique score for the previous night's sleep and aims to wake the owner up at the best point in their sleep cycle.

It is due to ship in November and can be ordered in advance for $129.

Mr Proud said sleep was a natural area to focus on.

"We spend a third of our day doing it," he told the BBC.

"It's the most critical part of the day, as how we perform when we're awake depends on how well we slept."

Sense is one of a growing number of sleep-focused products as "smart" technologies start to filter into homes, offering new ways to track our health.

Apps such as Sleep Cycle, Sleepbot and Sleepmaster are already used by iPhone, Android and Windows Phone users to track their slumber using sensors built into the handsets.

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Sense includes an orb that monitors the bedroom, a clip that attaches to the pillow, and a mobile phone app.

 

Could be useful for NSA.

 

Source: E. Snowden

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A 22-year-old British entrepreneur's new sleep-tracking kit has cracked $1.2m (?708,000) in its first week on Kickstarter's crowdfunding platform.

 

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James Proud launched his product, Sense, on 23 July with a goal of raising $100,000 within 30 days.

 

But it passed the $1m-mark on Sunday, and has been forecast to raise more than $4m by the period's end.

 

Sense includes an orb that monitors the bedroom, a clip that attaches to the pillow, and a mobile phone app.

 

The equipment produces a unique score for the previous night's sleep and aims to wake the owner up at the best point in their sleep cycle.

 

It is due to be released in November and can be ordered in advance for $129.

 

Mr Proud took a gap-year break between school and university. "If I went to university, I quickly realised I couldn't code 18 hours a day," he told the BBC.

 

He ended up moving to California to take a "fellowship" from Peter Thiel, the co-creator of PayPal and one of the first people to put money into Facebook.  The move secured him a $100,000 grant to forgo higher education and instead build his own tech start-up.

 

The young entrepreneur raised more money and started Hello, the company that makes Sense.  Hello currently employs about 20 people, including engineers and product designers, who are responsible for its distinctive look.

"We wanted to make something that didn't look like technology, but that looked like it should be there regardless," said Mr Proud.

 

Source: BBC News  |  Kickstarter

 

 

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I spot a large problem with using the word "Sense" as a name...

Perhaps I am wrong.

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Interesting, but my problem tends to be getting to sleep, not waking up at a less than optimum point in my sleep cycle. Half the time I'm awake when the alarm goes off anyway. All the alarm does is tell me it's time to get up.

 

I really don't see myself spending $130 just to see how badly I slept.

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Interesting, but my problem tends to be getting to sleep, not waking up at a less than optimum point in my sleep cycle. Half the time I'm awake when the alarm goes off anyway. All the alarm does is tell me it's time to get up.

I don't know, I've tried a couple of these sleep aids that monitor the vibrations of the bed as you sleep. I have the same problem when it comes to falling asleep, but the sleep aid still assists in finding a better time for me to wake up. It's been very hit and miss though, don't think that you will wake up fresh as a daisy and willing to take on the world - you just won't necessarily feel like killing everyone in the office when you first arrive.

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you just won't necessarily feel like killing everyone in the office when you first arrive.

 

I already have an answer for that - three cups off coffee! :laugh:

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