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Sense, the sleep-watching orb, is waking up investors

Posted in Business on 25th Aug, 2014 01:19 AM by AlexMuller

Sense, a glowing orb for sleep-monitoring, has caught on among investors, who have ponied up $10.5 million for the Silicon Valley-based company that makes it, one Hello. Investors include ex-PayPal head David Marcus, Facebook exec Dan Rose, and Xiaomi exec (and recent Google honcho) Hugo Barra.

Sense has caught fire on Kickstarter, as almost 20,000 backers have made donations or pre-ordered the globe, adding another $2.4 million to the cash raised. The device, $99 for the Kickstarter backers who will start receiving it by November, $129 at retail, resides like a small, spherical candle holder on a night table. But, according to the company, it does so much more than shelter a flickering flame.
With an accelerometer- and gyroscope-bearing sensor called the Sleep Pill sitting under your pillow and an accompanying phone app, the device is essentially a sleep fairy without the pixie dust. “Sense,” the company says on its website, “is a simple system that tracks your sleep behavior, monitors the environment of your bedroom, and reinvents the alarm.” The simplicity includes an ambient light sensor, high-sensitivity microphone, temperature sensor, high-quality speaker, proximity sensor, particulate sensor, and WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-25
It seems that healthcare devices combined with smartphones are becoming quite popular - in particular those that help to monitor sleep and get the best cycle and rest Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-25
Sleep is crucial for every single individual and good or bad sleep make a big difference - it is a foundation for everything else that we do the following day - interest in getting this right is huge
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-25
People would be keen to try something else and replace the dreaded alarm clock with something more gentle that would make waking up a good and positive experience Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-25
Well done! Medical apps are getting very popular and I agree - sleep is very important factor in our lives - insomnia is a big problem with consequences for health and daily performance Reply


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