Glowing Gadget Helps You Get Smart About Your Sleep

While a number of fitness bands such as the Jawbone UP and Misfit Shine track the quality of your sleep, they can't provide insight as to why you slept well or poorly. The Hello Sense looks to add intelligence to this aspect of your health by monitoring the environment around you while you sleep.

Launching as a Kickstarter project for $99, and available for pre-order for $129, the Sense will be available in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the company.

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The Sense is comprised of two pieces: The Sleep Pill, a small sensor that clips to your pillow and measures your movement, and the Sense ball, which contains a number of sensors that measure light, noise, dust, temperature, and humidity. The bottom of the ball, which is just smaller than a tennis ball, has an LED in the bottom that will glow green if it senses good sleep conditions, or yellow or orange if the environment is less than ideal.

The data collected by the Sense and the Sleep Pill are then aggregated into an app (Android and iOS). That app then provides you a sleep score, and shows which factors led to a less-than-restful night's slumber.

The Sense is an interesting concept, and an area of fitness gadgets that has yet to be fully addressed. Will it help you rest easy? As it's still a Kickstarter projector, we'll have to sleep on it until we've had a chance to fully test it.

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  • dstarr3
    I'm still not entirely sure what the point of these kinds of devices are. When I wake up from a poor night's sleep, I'm pretty aware of it. And if I wake up feeling fine, that's good enough for me. I'd rather not have an app tell me "You may feel fine, but you slept like shit, so you should feel like it."
  • applegetsmelaid
    Next article: "Jump to conclusions mat now on Kickstarter."