Headband Uses Sound To Improve How You Sleep

Headband Uses Sound To Improve How You Sleep
Design

The Dreem Headband uses special audio programs to change people's habits around sleep

Leo Lutero
  • 5 july 2017

PSFK has seen a range of products aimed at improving the way people sleep. The newest entry, the Dreem Headband, is a wearable that packs sensors, speakers and connectivity into an arsenal for achieving that coveted good night’s rest. Most uniquely, it pipes sound directly to the sleeper through vibrations on the skull.

Sleeping in the connected world has become a very complex science. Monitors, which come in a dazzling variety, turn this nightly need into data, making sleep something that can be tweaked and perfected. Just like many of these existing options, the Dreem Headband feeds quantified variables to a smartphone. Facing the limits of what exactly can be measured, this headband describes itself as “Ultra-Progressive.”

The headband includes Electroencelography (EEG) sensors, a non-invasive method of measuring brain waves that, in clinical settings, often uses over a hundred sensors. The Dreem headband makes the most out of six strategically placed EEG sensors.

The headband feeds the data it measures into an artificial intelligence that churns out the best suggestions for a tailor-fit program to will improve the user’s sleep.

But the feature that will make or break this hardware is its bone-conducted sounds. By sending vibrations directly to the skull (instead of through the air as with most speakers), the sound goes directly to the ears. By using this technology instead of earphones, there is no sound leak that might disturb someone sharing your bed. The bone-conducted sound would also prove more comfortable, if the headbands deliver on their promise of wearability.

As the Dreem website explains it, “Sound plays a key role in helping your brain regulate sleep. The magic of Dreem is rooted in our discovery that specific sequences of sound and audio programs help you enhance your sleep by modulating your brain activity in a non-invasive and safe way.”

The startup, with design by Yves Behar, is currently running internal tests with reportedly impressive results. Preorders start at $399 for the Dreem headband, with the kit having a projected retail price of $499.

Dreem

PSFK has seen a range of products aimed at improving the way people sleep. The newest entry, the Dreem Headband, is a wearable that packs sensors, speakers and connectivity into an arsenal for achieving that coveted good night’s rest. Most uniquely, it pipes sound directly to the sleeper through vibrations on the skull.

+Design
+EEG
+sleep
+technology
+wearables
+wellness

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