High tech sleep sensor hits $1 million mark on Kickstarter

A sleep monitoring device has passed the $1.3 million mark on Kickstarter in its first week, with the final forecast expected to be around $4 million when the project ends in 22 days time.

The sleek-looking device called Sense, which was launched by James Proud last week, only had an original Kickstarter goal of raising $100,000 within 30 days, but great word of mouth from many tech sites has already produced a backing of over ten times that figure.

Sense is an orb-shaped device that wouldn’t look out of place in an art display. It can track your sleep behaviour and your sleeping environment with the aim of helping you wake at the perfect point in your sleep cycle via what they call the “Smart Alarm." It is powered by a micro-USB cable via a USB wall adapter.

The package will also come with what the company calls a “Sleep Pill,” which will attach to your pillow and track your sleep, it can detect when you fall asleep, are fast asleep, or even when you are moving around in your sleep.

The information from the Sleep Pill is all sent wirelessly via Bluetooth Low Energy and ANT to the Sense orb. The Sleep Pill can also last a year without needing to have its battery replaced, and is even waterproof.

Sense can be ordered now for $129 on the Kickstarter page, with an estimated delivery of November 2014. It comes in two colours -- cotton and charcoal -- and will ship with two “Sleep Pills” for you and a partner. At the moment, Sense will only support iPhone and Android devices, but we have asked if a Windows Phone version is in the cards and will update the article when we have that information.

Source: Back Page News and Kickstarter

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The only way to accurately measure sleep is to monitor your brainwaves and biorhythms, which is what the now defunct Zeo did.

Sense is just a glorified motion tracker, there are a number of smartphone apps that do the same thing as the Sleep pill by using your phones gyroscope, all this thing does is be more sensitive. Wearables like Fitbit do this as well.

It's NOT going to produce accurate data, if it did you can be sure their ad copy would mention it.

Defcon said,
The only way to accurately measure sleep is to monitor your brainwaves and biorhythms, which is what the now defunct Zeo did.

Sense is just a glorified motion tracker, there are a number of smartphone apps that do the same thing as the Sleep pill by using your phones gyroscope, all this thing does is be more sensitive. Wearables like Fitbit do this as well.

It's NOT going to produce accurate data, if it did you can be sure their ad copy would mention it.

I don't think this is a miracle sleep machine, but detecting the humidity, light levels, particulates cross referenced with motion could be valuable data.

i think most of the comments here are really off regarding this gadget: it's a incredible good and value product. why? because if you wake up in the right time (not by waking up with an alarm, but naturally waking up), you wake up quickly, with energy and not tired or sleepy. that's because you did all the sleep phases and you waked in the right one.

me, for example, if i wake up very early in the morning after a good night of sleep i woke up very fresh but if have this lazyness and go back into bed, after some 30 minutes i'm in deep sleep and waking up in there is much harder, feel very tired and slow, just because i woke up in the wrong time.

sleep is very underrated: numerous studies prove that bad sleeping habits provoke several deceases and lack of concentration, slowness, etc. etc. etc.

****Sense can be ordered now for $129 on the Kickstarter page, with an estimated delivery of November 2014. It comes in two colours -- cotton and charcoal -- and will ship with two “Sleep Pills” for you and a partner.****

Note - Kickstarter is INVESTMENT in a product, with no guarantee of product or promise of reward. As long as you realize you can lose all your money, if you want to invest, go for it, I've backed over 15+ projects myself.

Also, unless the product is finished / ready for manufacturing, you can usually add 6 months to a year past there projected ship date to actually get it out the door.

After a year, do you have to replace the "pill" or is there a way to change the battery?

Edited by Jason Stillion, Jul 30 2014, 10:00pm :

Salty Wagyu said,
Is there one you can put under your pillow that will vibrate to wake you up, for those with hearing loss?
Worth a suggestion on there

Salty Wagyu said,
Is there one you can put under your pillow that will vibrate to wake you up, for those with hearing loss?

A phone can do that already. Atleast android does.

Just get an old phone. I have a Galaxy S original from eBay, cost like $50 last year and runs sleep tracking like a champ with Sleep As Android. Has WiFi, audio out, vibration, bright lights and sweet programmability.

Maybe not as pretty as this, but it's cheap, effective and already available. Has not failed to ###### me off every morning, would recommend A++++++

There was pretty much the same device (monitors your sleep depending on the movement of your hand) couple of years ago. It was called wakemate and the idea was to adjust your alarm (withing a time window) so you are waked up when you are in best sleep phase. Didn't worked great for me (the wakening part), at least it said i was sleeping badly and my gf great (which is the truth).

So you wake up, and the first thing you do is pick your phone on the way to bathroom? If people do that, and still wonder why they didn't have a good night sleep :/

people need to stop obsessing about sleep. exercise more, eat better, turn off the lights before you want to go to bed if you have trouble.

sweatshopking said,
people need to stop obsessing about sleep. exercise more, eat better, turn off the lights before you want to go to bed if you have trouble.

You look naked without your capslock. Although in this case I don't mind.

I agree but there are times it just doesn't happen. I used to work nights and got pretty exhausted sometimes. OTC sleep meds would've helped fine though.

you need a device to tell you if its too bright or cold / hot in your room?? What the hell?? turn off the lights, close the blinds, and adjust the thermostat....

I've seem better projects than this go bust and this gathered that much monies... unbelievable... then again I am not certain how this could help anyone but then it could.