Sleep is vital to our continued existence. Everyone who has ever experienced bouts of insomnia can testify that not getting enough sleep is damaging not only to your daily performance, but also to your overall lifestyle. In an attempt to take over the bed industry, Sleep number introduces the it™ bed at CES 2016.
The Internet of Things
Before diving into Sleep Number’s new bed, I’ll have to talk a bit about the concept of The Internet of Things.
IoT, as it is shortened, refers to a network of physical objects that have built-in devices, software, sensors, as well as network connectivity, which allows them to collect and exchange data.
These objects – or things – can range from kitchen appliances, articles of clothing (a smart bra was recently presented), vehicles, and yes, even your bed.
It is predicted that by 2020 over 50 billion devices will be interconnected in this way.
Sleep Number’s it™ bed
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s move on to the titular it™ bed, and see what exactly makes it so special.
As you can probably figure out, this isn’t the first smart bed released by the company, but it is by far the most technologically advanced.
Weird capitalization aside, the bed offers a surprisingly wide array of features, all of them with an actual utility and practicality that you would not expect from a high tech bed that starts at $1000.
One of the things you’ll find out very quickly is the fact that bed is equipped with hundreds of biometric sensors, which allow it to track your movements, heart rate, breathing, and sleep status hundreds of times per second.
These factors will be analyzed and they will generate your SleepIQ, one of the company’s trademark features.
The SleepIQ will inform you on how well you slept depending on your goals, and it will offer you suggestions on how to get a better sleep.
There are a number of air-filled chambers inside the mattress, which allows you to customize its rigidity, comfort, and even support.
But it doesn’t stop here. You can connect the it™ bed to other devices throughout your house, allowing it to change the thermostat temperature to one better suited to your sleep patterns, to gauge your level of tiredness by connecting to fitness bands or to your smart phone, and you can even chose how you want to be woken up – slowly turning on the lights, deflating the bed, playing your favorite song, etc.
The bed will come in 6 sizes, from twin to king.
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