PSFK Gift Guide Spotlight: Withings Aura
A mattress sensor and ambient light for a sweeter slumber
The Aura is a new product from Withings capable of continuously monitoring a person’s heart rate, breathing, and movement via a small sensor underneath their mattress. The information can be reviewed in the morning to find out what may be causing poor sleep, as well as additional information such as ambient noise, light, and temperature in the bedroom. The Aura also helps users get to bed and wake up using a special light that changes color and intensity. The goal is to have the ambient light match the person’s circadian rhythm, gently putting one to sleep and waking when most comfortable and without a sudden loud alarm. The system comes with a matching smartphone app that can be used to analyze sleep data, set Aura’s timers, and to figure out what’s keeping you awake at night.