Sense: The Smart Sleep Tracker

New wireless devices are popping up left and right, many aiming to help the contemporary consumer achieve more, live better, and adopt better habits. Following this trend of smart phone-friendly, habit-altering devices comes the Sense – a gadget that will help you find a better sleep. The Sense is controlled by an app on your phone and records and analyses the environment of your room as you sleep. In the morning the app will rate the quality of your rest and make suggestions for how you can improve your sleep. Created by Hello, a company based in San Francisco, California, the Sense made a big splash on Kickstarter, getting almost $2.5 million in support. With only 1/3 of people getting good quality sleep, this little gadget could be just what the doctor ordered.


The Sense is designed to be beautiful, unobtrusive and smart. The device comes with two components: the small “Sleep Pill” is clipped onto your pillow and stays there, and the small globe is set on your bedside table. The Sense records the noise, light, temperature, air particles and humidity levels while you rest, and gives suggestions for how to get a more restful sleep.

The Pill has a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope and wirelessly sends the data via a low-energy Bluetooth connection. There’s no pairing or syncing involved, and the battery in the Pill lasts for a year and is waterproof (for when you accidentally throw it in the washer with your pillowcase).

The sphere is outfitted with a motion sensor, so you can swipe your hand over the globe to check the sleeping conditions of the room (green is good, orange is not so good), or to stop the built-in alarm clock. A neat feature is the alarm clock. Once you program when you need to wake up into the app, the Sense system will wake you up at the best point in your sleep cycle around that time so that you don’t wake up groggy.


The Sense sleep tracker was built with convenience and elegance in mind. The sphere is made out of a polycarbonate shell and a fine mesh that protects all of the components inside. It also comes in two colours: cotton and charcoal. The organic design of the nest structure is simple and beautiful and will fit in with most decors. But most importantly, you don’t need to constantly worry about batteries, settings, and putting on any device because it all stays put and doesn’t need tinkering to function. Happy sleeping!


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