Sense is a simple system that tracks your sleep behavior, monitors the environment of your bedroom and reinvents the alarm.
Sense, a glowing polycarbonate orb, measures temperature, light, motion, humidity, sound, and even the particle counts for pollen and dust in the air. It also includes a tiny “Sleep Pill” sensor packed with a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope that discreetly clips to your pillow. The Pill records your sleep patterns by measuring how much you move in your sleep, but without asking you to wear a wristband or strap a sensor to your mattress. I love the fact that Sense is designed to fade away. I personally was never able to sleep with my Fuelband or my Up.
Both the orb and the pill report back to your iOS or Android device through the Sense app over Bluetooth. As the data accumulates night after night, you will learn more about your sleep patterns and how the environment you’re sleeping in affects them. Each morning you will receive a score for the previous night’s sleep. The score doesn’t just reflect how well you slept, but how ideal your sleep environment was that night.
Sense also contains a speaker, meaning that it can play white noise or rain sounds if you find that helps you get to sleep better. The built-in smart alarm will also supposedly wake you at the perfect point in your sleep cycle.
Sense is built by Hello, a San Francisco-based company headed up by 22-year-old James Proud from London. Proud is a coder and has been based in California since he was 19, when he received funding from former CEO of PayPal to work in the US.
The product is available now on pre-order on Kickstarter and will ship in November 2014.