The Balluga Bed has already been featured in the following publications:
• Digital Trends - "Easily the smartest bed we’ve seen yet... stupid beds have plenty to worry about."
• The Verge - "Feeling parts of the bed stiffen and relax underneath my limbs convinced me that this would be a very useful feature if you’re at all mattress-sensitive."
• International Business Times - "Trouble sleeping? Balluga smart bed 'with a brain' could banish those sleepless nights."
There’s normally more than one contributing factor to a good night’s sleep. If you have ever had a bad night’s sleep from being too hot or cold or suffered from back pain from an unsupportive mattress, or even been woken up by a partner snoring, Balluga is for you.
Balluga creates your ideal sleeping conditions to provide you with your best night’s sleep, every night. Balluga is the first truly smart bed that manages your total sleep experience in real-time, by monitoring your body’s vital statistics and adjusting its firmness, support and temperature to match your chosen settings throughout the night.
Balluga’s patented layers of air spring cells will ensure your bed remains as new and will not compress or sag over time. No more rolling into the middle dip of the bed, or hanging onto the sides of your mattress.
Balluga's design ethos will help to maintain your bedroom's ambience by integrating all its technology within the bed to ensure it is invisible and silent during use.
Watch a live demonstration of how to operate a Balluga bed.
Balluga's active suspension system monitors the pressure that your body places in different zones of the mattress. The air pressure is automatically increased or decreased in each zone, to ensure that your body and spine are always correctly supported.
Our unique suspension allows you to sleep on your back, side or front with equal comfort by reducing pressure under the heaviest parts of your body while providing additional support to its lightest parts.
Balluga's individual air cells are soft enough not to restrict healthy blood circulation while providing firm support for your entire body. Our hybrid mattress design of air cells and supporting foam layers ensures that our mattresses look and feel like any high quality mattress while providing an advanced computer monitored and controlled suspension system.
Balluga's suspension allows you to alter the firmness of your mattress every time you use it. This feature is available to use independently for each side of our double mattresses.
A steady stream of air will keep your body at its optimum temperature throughout the night. Individual temperature levels can be set for each side of the mattress so no more arguing with your partner about who might be hogging the sheets, or waking up to kick them off.
The cool side of the pillow has never felt so good!
Our pressure point vibro massage system will relax your muscles and allow you to drift to sleep or gently vibrate to wake you up in the morning. The massage system can also be preset to automatically shut down at a number of preset times.
Our App is compatible for use on iOS and Android smartphones or tablets. Alternatively you can control the bed using our wireless touch screen control unit. Through our app, your preferred comfort and therapeutic settings can be saved and used on any other Balluga Bed worldwide.
Our integrated sleep monitoring sensors are able to obtain a number of your vital statistics like your body temperature, heart rate and even your room temperature. All this data can be analyzed and passed on to our active air suspension, temperature control and vibro massage systems, to automatically adjust them in real time to create your ideal sleep experience.
Balluga's real time sleep monitoring can help you relax and fall asleep faster and wake you up at a pre set time. By learning your sleep habits, it can help maximize the quality and depth of your sleep, as well as prevent any sleep interruptions over time.
All the vital statistics attained by Balluga bed can be integrated with other sleep apps on your smartphones, tablets and wearable devices. We're planning to work with a number of third party hardware developers to allow Balluga beds to interact in real time with other smart IOT home products like thermostats, lights, smoke alarms and locks.
Balluga's anti-snoring technology will save you from being kept awake, or being kicked awake! Balluga's built in sound sensor will automatically detect the sound wave patterns of snoring. The air suspension sections below your head will then raise or lower your pillow until the snoring has stopped. This established method of varying the head position without interrupting sleep could be a marriage saving feature - you can thank us later!
Our external movement sensor and built in LED lighting system can provide you with night-time illumination for when you need to get up in the dark of night. They will help you eliminate those painful toe-stubbing moments, or tripping over a sleeping pet. The LED lights can also be set to illuminate in a number of colours.
Balluga Demo Live on UK Television April 2014
Air Circulation Demonstration
Thermal Imaging of Heating & Cooling
We believe everyone is entitled to the best night's sleep that modern technology and design can offer and we have been developing Balluga for over seven years to make that possible.
We have now reached the fully working, market ready product stage and we need the help of the Kickstarter community to get Balluga beds into full production and into people's bedrooms worldwide.
We are are very excited to be bringing Balluga to you first, and we can't wait to hear your feedback. So please get in touch and tell us what you think!
The effects of lack of sleep to our mind and body on a day-to-day basis are cumulative. In one study, people who slept for six hours a night for two weeks performed as poorly on cognitive tests as those who stayed up for 24 hours. That holds true even if you don't feel particularly sleepy.
Balluga mattresses and bases are manufactured from a combination of natural and man made materials. They are all selected to be non allergenic and anti bacterial to deter any bacterial or bed bug infestation. All of our mattresses will comply with regional sleeping certifications and standards to ensure the highest level of hygienic sleeping conditions.
Balluga’s built in technology is inaccessible by design and is fused and insulated for ultimate safety. All the mattress, bed base controls and monitoring sensors run on 12V DC. The heating elements which are safely sealed within the bed base run on mains power. They are triple fused and triple insulated for optimum safety.
The Balluga sleep monitoring and operating systems have very low energy consumption as each feature of the mattress or base is normally operated for a limited amount of time throughout the night.
The maximum power loading if all the sleep features are operated simultaneously will not exceed 100W, while the heating elements can consume up to 1400W when the heating function is engaged. During normal use, only a fraction of the maximum energy output is utilised for a few seconds or minutes depending on the functions used.
Balluga beds have a 10 year limited warranty for all mattresses and bases which covers all materials, components and workmanship subject to normal wear and tear. This limited Warranty extends to the original purchaser and not to any third party.
Balluga mattresses must be used normally for their intended purposes and on a bed base that is level flat and structurally capable of supporting the weight of the Mattress and its user(s).
Balluga’s limited warranty does not cover any physical abuse or damage to the structure and/or cover material, including but not limited to, misuse, burns, cuts, tears, liquid damage, or stains; provided, that the defect is caused by such abuse or damage.
The Balluga Bed concept has been in development for over seven years as our founder Joe Katan was frustrated by sleeping on sagging and non-adjustable mattresses. There was nothing on the market that was able to resolve these and other issues so Joe decided to take on the challenge of developing a bed that could.
- 2010: Late in 2010 he assembled a proof of principle vertical air cell unit
- 2011: He moulded an air diaphragm and linked a group of vertical air cells to test the principle as an independent zone to support a larger body of weight
- 2012 - 2013: working with designers and software engineers, the first two single bed prototypes were created
- 2014: a hybrid design of air cells and layers of supporting foam was conceived to improve the design.
Balluga continues to developed its own suspension and other technologies and has patents granted and others pending worldwide.
The Balluga name and brand is a registered trade mark in territories worldwide.
Set up is very simple, you could do it in your sleep! There are 3 simple steps which will take less than five minutes:
1. Unpack the mattress and plug it into a power socket
2. Download the Balluga App
3. Open the App and the mattress will automatically inflate and be ready to use in about 5 minutes.
4. The bed base is either made up of 2 or parts depending on size and takes about 10 minutes to assemble.
Balluga Bed bases are available in either our Concept design shown in our video or our Classic free standing base design which can be fitted into existing bed frames just like a drop-in box spring unit. It can also be used independently as shown in the animation video below. Mattress & Base backers will be asked to select which of the two base designs they wish to order.
During our launch phase, we have manufacturing partners in China who are able to produce and distribute our products worldwide. Our design and development team is based in the UK and our long term mission is to establish local assembly and distribution centres across our key markets.
Delivery prices for mainland USA and UK backers are included in the reward prices. Additional delivery charges starting at $100 may need to be added for other international destinations, please inquire before ordering.
The mattresses and bed bases will be delivered via international couriers. The mattress will arrive vacuum packed in one box and the bed bases will arrive in 2 to 4 boxes depending on the size of the bed chosen.
As the inventor of the Balluga bed, Joe has overseen specialist teams of industrial designers and software engineers to develop a number of prototypes over the last 7 years to reach this launch stage.
With your support he hopes to bring the many benefits of the Balluga bed to consumers worldwide and provide them with their best night's sleep night after night.
Jason is focused on helping the company grow into a successful brand. Over the past 15 years, Jason has been working with start-up businesses in the IT sector, helping them to develop and grow. He has worked with multiple software companies and has experience in engineering, project management and IT. Jason has also led highly successful marketing campaigns via digital and traditional channels.
Justyna is responsible for the management of our product development systems. She has experience in project coordination & development, multidisciplinary analysis and feasibility studies. Justyna also has experience in managing mechanical, electrical, power engineering and environmental research.
Risks and challenges
We have agents local to our manufacturers and suppliers so that we can deal with issues that may arise as soon as possible. Our design and technology partners are experienced professionals and we have been working with them in the UK over many years. Our successful track record in innovation, professional skills and supplier sourcing will allow us to engage competently with any anticipated challenges.
Testing & Safety Approval:
All our designs, materials, hardware and software products will undergo thorough testing and international regulatory safety standard approval before despatch.
We are working with highly experienced international logistic partners to help us mitigate any issues that may arise with our fulfilment obligations.
With all the above points in mind, we are mindful that unforeseen delays and challenges may arise. If they do, we will make sure we inform all our backers of these issues as soon as possible. If delays should occur, we will update you with our progress to finding a solution and keep any delays in dispatching orders to a minimum.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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