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Bed uses AI to improve sleep fitness

Steve Rogerson
February 19, 2019



New York sleep fitness company Eight Sleep has unveiled a high-tech bed that combines dynamic temperature regulation, biometric tracking, smart home integrations and sleep coaching.
 
Called the Pod, it is designed to help individuals achieve optimal sleep fitness and enhance rest and recovery.
 
Its dynamic temperature feature includes artificial intelligence that learns sleep habits and adjusts the temperature in the bed automatically. The feature was built using data and knowledge accumulated over years, including more than 43 million hours of tracked sleep and a body of circadian rhythm research.
 
"Sleep fitness is a state of elevated well being fuelled by quality sleep," said Matteo Franceschetti, co-founder and CEO of Eight Sleep. "The Pod makes us the first company to tackle all of the issues that prevent a good night's sleep and deliver optimal sleep fitness. We've come up with a solution that is seamlessly integrated into the bed, and learns and adjusts based on circadian cycle to make sure you're never too hot or too cold at night."
 
The Pod is said to make the practice of sleeping cool, recommended by experts and supported by research, available in consumers' beds for the first time. Among the many benefits associated with a cooler night-time environment are that it helps individuals to fall asleep faster, spend more time in deep sleep and reduce sleep interruptions throughout the night.
 
In addition, the body's circadian cycle includes internal temperature fluctuations that make a cool environment optimal for sleeping.
 
The Pod's dynamic temperature can react to individual sleepers intelligently. However, the range can also be controlled manually by users, between 12 and 46˚C. What's more, users can leverage temperature to wake up more naturally and without disturbing their sleeping partner using a thermo alarm that begins to cool the bed gradually minutes prior to the set wake-up time.
 
The AI engine also tracks and monitors sleep health. Users can interact with an AI-powered sleep coach that analyses more than a dozen physiological and environmental factors captured by the Pod's biometric tracking and shares insights, patterns and personalised sleep tips. Factors such as sleep duration, quality and consistency are used to calculate a personalised sleep fitness score, which just as BMI measures healthy body fat, serves as an indicator of sleep health and makes it easy to see progress over time.
 
The Pod also merges into a connected life through smart home integrations with any wifi-enabled device, such as Nest, Philip Hue Lights or Amazon Alexa. All features can be managed from any Android or iOS device.
 
"The most impressive new technologies for improving sleep and enabling sleep research are the instrumented beds being developed by Eight Sleep," said Craig Heller, Stanford University biology professor and member of Eight Sleep's scientific advisory board. "Their goal of modifying thermal environment using in-home data is a huge opportunity to advance sleep science."
 
Heller and others on the advisory board, including doctors and researchers from Harvard, UPenn, Mount Sinai and Yale, have been crucial in the development of the Pod over the past year and a half.
 
Shipping is due to start in April. Pricing starts at around $2000.
 
Founded in 2014 and based in New York City, Eight Sleep was named by Fast Company as one of the Most Innovative Companies of 2018. Its earlier product the Smart Mattress was recognised by Time magazine as one of the top inventions of 2018. The company has raised $27m in funding from investors including Y Combinator, Stanford University and Khosla Ventures.