Sleepman have put their Kickstarter campaign on hold because they want make further improvements before the lauch. Here’s what they said in their August 10th update:
Our duty as the creators of Sleepman is to bring you the best product possible, and based on your comments and the survey results we must make some improvements. As we see it now it needs to be more compact, water and sweat resistant, compatible with certain existing aps, equipped with an optical heart rate monitor for extra functionality, and it needs to look sleeker. As a matter of fact our R&D team has already started to implement some of the changes. But it is not feasible for us to deliver the renewed Sleepman within the timeframes we’ve indicated. Our reputation and commitment to you, our backers, are most important to us, and that is why we had to make the most painful and hard decision to postpone the project. Instead of failing to fulfill our obligations to you in a timely matter, we need to cancel this campaign and restart it in several months, once all of the above is addressed. We are hoping that we are doing the right thing and you will recognize our integrity and still support us when we relaunch.
Just launched on Kickstarter, Sleepman is a novel, next-generation wearable focussed entirely on your sleep health. In addition to looking like one of best sleep tracker solutions we’ve seen for a while, Sleepman can help you combat insomnia, fatigue and drowsy driving – an increasingly common factor in road traffic accidents.
Sleepman is the first wearable device to combine sleep tracking and optimization with active enhancement features to combat fatigue and day-time drowsiness.
Developed over the last two years by Avantechs Inc, a multi-disciplinary R&D company, Sleepman uses Electro-Dermal Activity (EDA) sensors to read your bio-signals from the wrist, constantly monitoring your sleep and activity data.
The standout feature is the Doze-Off Alert. Sleepman’s algorithms claim to detect the earliest signs of fatigue or concentration loss, and warn you in advance that you’re in danger of nodding off.
The Doze-Off alert is designed to improve road safety by warning sleep drivers with a combination of vibrating, flashing lights and sound alerts, prompting the driver to stop and rest in order to avoid the likelihood of an accidents.
With over 100,000 road accidents every year attributed to drowsy driving, Sleepman is the first consumer device to offer such an advanced sleep-detection system for drivers.
It doesn’t stop there. Sleepman offer a range of hardware upgrades too. The Sleep Enhancer is a small palm-based gel pad that contains a small electrode – don’t worry, it’s safe to wear to sleep at night!
The Sleep Enhancer emits a series of micro-currents whilst you’re in bed, which the makers claim will “help to increase deep sleep from around 13 – 20% of overall sleep time to about 35 – 40%”
The other upgrades are the Heart Rhythms monitor – a device which connect to the Sleepman with a short cable.
Finally there’s Insomnizap, a smartphone based self-training tool that teaches you to relax and ultimately fall asleep naturally.
Sleepman are looking to raise $50,000 for their Kickstarter campaign. Check the campaign info below for more details.
Jeff is the founder and editor-in-chief at Sleep Junkies . A passionate sleep advocate, he started the site in 2012, reaching millions of readers across the globe. Jeff also runs the product curation platform SleepGadgets.io . He is often asked to speak at about current trends in consumer sleep technology at various events.