Adjust Your Home Around Optimizing Sleep
The Sleepwise device tracks sleeping patterns and and automatically adjusts other IoT devices in the home to create optimal conditions for a restful night
Connecting smart devices in a home can benefit homeowners who can turn off their heat, or lights, when they forget to during a hectic morning, or for keeping track of their security measures while at work or on a vacation. Now, they can benefit users while they’re sleeping. Panasonic worked with four students from the Parsons School of Design to present Sleepwise, a sleep tracking unit that uses a wearable and has the main hub connecting to other smart devices in the user’s house, at SXSW.
The wearable attaches to the user’s night time wear, their pillow, or inside their bedding. While attached, it tracks their body temperature and movement as they sleep. This information goes into the main device, which sits somewhere in the room, preferably close to where a user sleeps. When the user doesn’t have the wearable units on they attach it to the top of the main unit.
The base unit tracks the room’s temperature, air quality, light, and the unit’s breathing patterns through audio. Over time, the unit’s programming builds a pattern around the best nights of sleep a user has. In order to mimic those conditions the device adjusts other smart devices throughout the house. If it’s too warm, the unit flip the air conditioning on, or changes the brightness of the lights in the room. All this information goes into the Sleepwise application a user can view through their smartphone.
Users can freely browse their information in the application to see the more appropriate conditions they sleep in. Not everyone sleeps with the same settings. As Sleepwise starts to understand the patterns of their owner, the application will steadily start to change their home environment by lowering the lights or turning on the heat just before they go to bed. This encourages the user’s body to feel prepared to go to bed as it approaches their preferred time to fall asleep. The same goes for when a user starts to wake up.
By debuting them at SXSW, Panasonic wants to use this as the first step to getting Sleepwise ready to arrive on the market for consumers.
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