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Smart mattress tracks sleep and even warms the bed

Steve Rogerson
December 6, 2016

A smart mattress from New York start-up Eight can help users get better sleep through higher comfort and technology. It has four layers of responsive and high-density foam, plus a technology layer that tracks sleep, warms each side of the bed individually, and connects to other smart home devices.
Eight's team designed the mattress by studying more than 1.8 million hours of sleep data that have been tracked through the company's first product, the Eight Sleep Tracker, which by the end of the year will be tracking more than 12,000 people across 67 countries.
"We used anonymised sleep data and the feedback of over 10,000 people, to understand which materials and types of mattresses give customers the best sleep," said Matteo Franceschetti, CEO at Eight. "Based on our research, we saw an opportunity to create a better mattress. So we designed one with a unique blend of four responsive and high density foam layers that provide optimal comfort and support, plus one layer of our proprietary technology that helps people track and improve their sleep."
Features that improve the sleep experience include automatic temperature control for each side of the bed, and connectivity with other smart home devices such as thermostats, lights and coffee machines. The mattress contains multiple sensors to track sleep times, deep and light sleep, breathing rate, and measure toss and turns, bed temperature, and room temperature.
Over time, the mattress uses machine learning to build patterns on sleep behaviours, and displays suggestions for sleep improvement in its mobile app. It can also share these data with health tracking apps such as Apple's Health and Google's Fit.
The mattress comes in Full, Queen, King and California King sizes.
The Eight app provides feedback to users on each night of sleep, and allows for effortless integration with other smart products to regulate bed temperature, lights, door locks and more, in real time.
Eight was founded in 2014 and is based in New York. It has raised over $6m in funding by Silicon Valley investors including Y Combinator, Stanford University, Yunqui Partners, Azure Capital, Cota Capital and Comcast Ventures.