CES 2018. Yes, it’s that time of year again when gadget freaks the world over turn to Las Vegas to hear about the latest trends, and innovations in consumer electronics.
The Consumer Electronics Show is the world’s biggest tech-fair and last year we reported on the launch of the Sleep-Tech MarketPlace, a new exhibition area within CES devoted exclusively to sleep technology.
This year amongst the 4000-plus exhibitors at CES 2018, vendors continue to celebrate the growth in the sleep technology sector, showcasing a wide range of sleep and relaxation products.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most exciting and innovative sleep technology products debuting at CES 2018 this year.
Sleep technology debuting at CES 2018
Having acquired the French digital health company Withings in 2016, Nokia, the former mobile phone giant used CES to launch their first dedicated sleep monitoring product, named somewhat unimaginatively, Nokia Sleep.
Nokia Sleep is essentially an updated version of the same sleep sensor that came bundled with the now defunct Withings Aura a ‘connected alarm clock’.
Nokia Sleep ditches the bedside device and comprises a Wifi connected sleep sensor which fits underneath your mattress and will track your sleep giving you a detailed breakdown of your sleep stages and various other metrics. Nokia Sleep also integrates with your smart home via Nest and IFTTT so you can synchronise your sleep/wake activities such as dimming your lights when you go to bed, or turning up your thermostat as you wake up.
Bearing an uncanny resemblance in both form and function to the Dreem headband (also featuring at CES this year), the Philips Smartsleep made its debut at Las Vegas this year. Smartsleep is a sleep wearable that monitors your brain activity during sleep, and uses a biofeedback system to achieve “drug-free sleep enhancement with no side effects” according to the Philips website.
It does this by sensing when you’ve entered deep, or slow-wave sleep (SWS), then using two bone-conduction (ie they won’t wake up your partner) speakers, it generates customized audio tones to enhance the depth and duration of your SWS.
Philips say the SmartSleep has been clinically tested, but as is often the case with consumer sleep wearables, the data is not readily available to scrutinize, so we will just have to wait until Spring 2018 when SmartSleep is released to find out more.
Having already released a range of sleep technology products over the last couple of years, Chinese company Sleepace used CES to debut its vision of the smart bedroom, a modular IoT (Internet of Things) solution named Dreamlife.
Dreamlife is broken into 3 main elements, a Sleepace sensor (such as the RestOn or Sleep Dot) which detects your sleep, the Dreamlife Cloud which stores, and analyses your sleep data, and compatible enabling devices which are used to enhance the quality of your sleep.
So, an example of Dreamlife in action would be a person lying down on their sensor-equipped bed, which would automatically close your smart curtains, turn off the lights, TV, AC and other appliances.
Whilst you’re asleep the technology continues to monitor the bedroom environment, making continual adjustments to various environmental aspects including temperature, humidity to optimize your night’s sleep.
Then, in the morning, a smart alarm can wake you in the lightest point of your sleep, and set in motion and morning activities you wish to enable, from opening to curtains to brewing the coffee.
Having already partnered with big names such as Huawei, and partners in Russia and the USA, Sleepace sees the ‘connected bedroom’ as the future of sleep technology.
Speaking at CES2018, Sleepace CEO, David Huang, said: “The smart home technology revolution continues with specialist solutions like DreamLife adapted to mattresses and bedding. As the positive impact of good sleep becomes better understood, sleep monitoring will become mainstream.”
“We predict that the number of people who use sleep technology will double in 2018, with smart mattresses and pillows integrated with other smart home technology in 20% of households by 2025.”
Also debuting at CES this year is Dutch startup Somnox – inventors of the world’s first sleep robot. Like nothing else on the market, Somnox is a 4-pound, bean-shaped unusual-looking creation made of natural, soft fabrics.
At night the user hugs the Somnox sleep robot at night like a teddy bear which uses breathing regulation, soothing audio and ‘affection’ to gently send you off to sleep. Sensors inside detect CO2 and body movement which shut off the robot when you fall asleep.
The brainchild of 4 robotics graduates, Somnox is based on the principle that physical contact produces not only a psychologically relaxing effect, but also the release of natural hormones like oxytocin.
Having tested the robot on various sleep-deprived subjects in the Netherland, Somnox successfully completed its Kickstarter campaign late last year and is expected to cost around €500.
A new contactless ‘sleep improvement’ system, SleepScore Max (launched last year by TV’s Dr Oz) is the first hardware device from SleepScore Labs a joint venture between Resmed a global leader in medical sleep devices and private equity firm Pegasus Capital Advisors.
Using the same low-energy radio wave technology as the Resmed S+ sleep tracker, the SleepScore Max analyses your sleep data and provides you with tips and suggestions to improve your sleep. Sleepscore Max can track light, deep and REM sleep, and also features a temperature and light sensor.
These are just some of our favourites from CES. Keep tuned for more reviews and news about sleep technology coming up in 2018!