They love being the tiny spoon, they meditate, and they guarantee to wake you up gently after your night together. No, it’s not your latest Tinder match, it’s Somnox, the “world’s first sleep robot” that’s currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.
Depending on your definition of “robot” that claim is a little dubious, but I cover a lot of sleep tech here at Mashable and have never seen anything like it. Most products to boost your sleep are supposed to be inconspicuous. They fall into two camps: smart devices for your bedside table or improved versions of bedding/mattresses. Somnox is something different. It looks like a huge packing peanut and is made to be cuddled all night. Â
Somnox aims to soothe you to sleep with non-invasive and non-medical means. The soft pillow is embedded having a speaker that can be programmed to play heartbeats, guided meditations, or soft songs. You can even upload your own audio. The amount will decrease as you drift away from to sleep and eventually cut off when you are down for the night. Â
Tons of sleep tech comes with calming sounds, though. What makes Somnox be noticeable is its pulsating “breathing. inch The pillow rises and drops like a person’s chest as they inhale at a calm rate. Ideally you will still match your breathing to Somnox’s rhythm, lulling your brain and entire body into the perfect sleep state. This is actually the same concept behind the popular bedroom device Dodow, but the huggable cushion adds a level of comfort all of us haven’t yet seen in sleep helps for adults. Â
Like any good piece of tech, Somnox has an app that lets you set your breathing and audio preferences. You can also set an alarm and Somnox will wake you up gently with music and breathing. It doesn’t yet have a way to track you sleep data, which seems weird given that the technology is so ubiquitous you can get it in a free app on your phone, but the Kickstater page indicates that it’s a feature they plan to include in future updates.
The Dutch designers behind Somnox have clearly done their research. You should check out their white paper in the science behind their product right here.
Somnox will definitely be on the high end of sleep tech in a retail price of almost $700. Really clearly resonated with people, though. Inspite of the high price tag, the Kickstarter task was 100% funded in just 4 days. Â
You can preorder a Somnox now for â? ********************************) (about $533. ) These people also offering Somnox branded clothes and “pyjamas” (they’re European) because smaller pledge tiers if you want to get involved on the sleep robot action with out dropping half a grand on a cushion. Â