About this project
If you missed our Kickstarter, you can now pre-order Sense.
Let's Talk About Sleep
We created Sense to be simple, uncomplicated and useful. Sense is the first system that combines the insight of your sleep patterns with the data of the environment in your bedroom, including noise, light, temperature, humidity and particles in the air.
With Sense's Smart Alarm, it can even wake you up in the morning at the right point in your sleep cycle, to avoid that groggy feeling we all hate so much. All easily available via our iPhone and Android applications.
What People Are Saying
Technology has enriched our lives in many ways. But it has its downside, and sleep is one of its biggest victims.
Sense uses technology so we can take back our sleep. Without imposing itself. Without intrusion.
Everything with Sense is designed to fade away and work in the background, letting you just sleep.
Sense system includes:
- Sense, a beautiful device that sits on your nightstand monitoring the conditions in your bedroom and disturbances at night
- Sleep Pill, a small but incredibly sensitive sleep tracking sensor that clips invisibly to your pillow
- Mobile applications that bring it all together
The app tells you how well you slept, or didn't, by giving you a unique Sleep Score each night.
You can begin to correlate interruptions in your sleep to external conditions and disturbances. You can play back key sound disturbances via the app to say “Ah, the garbage truck broke my sleep cycle at 3am. I didn’t even realize that.”
Sense even contains a speaker, so it can play white noise, or similar sounds such as pink noise or calming rain, if that helps you sleep better. The speaker is also used to play Sense's Smart Alarm, which wakes you up at the right point in your sleep cycle.
Sense comes with a little device called Sleep Pill. It simply attaches to your pillow and invisibly tracks your sleep at night. You don't need to put on any uncomfortable wearables or remember to charge something or press a button. Sense knows when you're falling asleep, soundly asleep, thrashing about, or waking up. Everything.
Hidden inside such a tiny package is a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, capable of picking up the tiniest of your movements throughout the night. This is all then sent wirelessly via Bluetooth Low Energy and ANT to Sense seamlessly in the background. No worrying about pairing or syncing. It just happens.
There is nothing to remember to charge or plug in; Sleep Pill lasts a whole year. And if it gets tossed in the washing machine, no worries. We've designed it to be completely water-proof and next to indestructible.
Have a partner? No problem. Just clip on a second Sleep Pill and Sense is able to detect each of your sleep pattern's separately, as well as see if your partners snoring or movement is disrupting your sleep.
Sense's Sleep Score takes into account all of the sensor data and variables that it monitors to generate a score out of 100 for your previous night. It looks at both the environment of your bedroom, such as disturbances during the night or whether your room was too bright for an ideal night’s rest, as well as how you actually slept yourself.
A pitch black room might boost your score by +10, but a car alarm going off repeatedly might lower it -20. Sense will give you a breakdown of your score, begin to notice problem patterns and help you to fix whatever is preventing you from reaching 100 each night.
We all have a natural sleep cycle, but a normal alarm will wake you up regardless of when's best for you. Sense's Smart Alarm knows the right time to wake you up, so you will feel alert and refreshed.
Here's how that works. Your Sleep Pill tells Sense when you begin to naturally stir, a signal that you're ready to wake up. If you've set your alarm for close to that time, the Smart Alarm will go off, waking you up at the perfect time for your sleep rhythm.
If you want to be up by 9:30, but you're already half awake at 9:15, then your alarm should go off then, not wait for you to fall deeper into sleep and force you awake later feeling terrible.
Hidden at the top of Sense is a powerful speaker that Sense uses to play the alarm sounds that'll wake you up.
Sense contains sophisticated sensors that are able to sense noise - in your bedroom and beyond; pick up on light, whether continuous or flashing; monitor temperature and humidity conditions; and identify particulates such as dust and pollen.
- Ambient Light Sensor monitors the levels of light in your room. A good night's sleep is helped dramatically by having a completely dark bedroom without sudden interruptions such as a phone or car headlights.
- Temperature and Humidity Sensors are able to detect the temperature and humidity throughout the day in your bedroom, helping Sense learn how you like your bedroom and under which conditions you sleep best.
- Particulate Sensor can spot the tiniest of things floating around in the air, so tiny you can't even see most of them. But they are there, and they are potential sleep interruptors for many; more than 50 million people suffer from nasal allergies. If the pollen count is high in your neighborhood and Sense detects a rising level of microscopic particles in your bedroom, you should know.
Wireless, Audio and More
- Wi-Fi allows Sense to always be connected to your home network via a powerful Wi-Fi chip inside, letting you know what is going on in your bedroom, even when you're not home.
- Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) lets you control Sense when you're near it. Sense uses BLE for things like setting alarms and changing settings quickly.
- ANT is a low energy communication protocol that lets Sleep Pill and Sense communicate with one another seamlessly.
- Proximity Sensor to see when you wave your hand over Sense to check the current conditions or stop your alarm in the morning.
- Sensitive Microphone to pick up on snoring, sleep talking and noise disturbances in the night.
- Speaker for playing sounds to help you sleep and wake you up.
- RGB LEDs to give Sense its iconic glow.
Too often technology simply looks like just another piece of technology. With Sense, we wanted to design something that would fit into any room. The design itself functions to help all of the intelligent sensors inside work perfectly, while remaining out-of-sight.
Sense is available in two beautiful colors, cotton and charcoal.
Behind the soft-touch polycarbonate shell is an acoustic mesh that wraps around the whole device. This mesh hides and protects everything inside, all while having the sensors function perfectly.
Sense isn't just a pretty face. It's built to last. Its serious mechanical structure protects four printed circuit boards that are stacked on-top of one another. For us to fit so much into such a small space, we really had to get creative with things. The resulting design is something we think is as beautiful inside, as is out.
Who is Sense For?
Survey after survey reports that most of us—as much as two-thirds—aren't getting enough sleep. Sense is for them. But Sense is also for more than them. Because millions think they're getting better sleep than they really are.
Sleep improves our memory and immune systems; it helps in weight management and dealing with stress; it makes us more creative and productive. We've built Sense for anyone one who cares about those things, which is pretty much everyone.
How We Got Here
For the past few months, we've been heads down designing, prototyping, coding, testing, breaking and building.
Where We Are Now
We recently successfully completed our first EVT build (engineering validation testing). This involved manufacturing, assembling and testing the functionality of all the sensors involved in Sense and Sleep Pill.
We've started doing in-home testing with our team and will be gradually increasing the size of our testing in the coming weeks and months.
We are now starting our second EVT build to incorporate a number of changes and improvements we discovered while testing. After this, we will freeze changes in the electronics and move into DVT (design verification testing) where we will test everything from the mechanicals, to the electrical, to firmware and make sure everything works as designed.
The final stage is doing a PVT (production verification testing) run which is designed to assure the required quality and robustness.
We've selected experienced manufacturing partners that have built and shipped billions of devices. We're willing to bet you own a few of them.
August - Kick off DVT
- September - Ship initial rewards (t-shirts and posters) to Kickstarter backers
- October - Kick off PVT
- November - Ship initial units to Kickstarter backers
Building with Sense
You'll always have access to your data via our API. Take it, play with it, graph it, do whatever you want with it. It's yours. That's important to us.
We enjoy tinkering with and building on-top of other products we like. Sense will let you have that experience.
We'd love to hear your thoughts on what you might want to build with Sense, and how you could directly interact with the hardware, and the data it collects.
We're a team of designers, engineers, and operations staff based in San Francisco, California. Collectively, we have built products and services that millions of people around the world use and love.
When building a product that is focused on something so personal as sleep, we didn't want to build it hidden away somewhere in silence. Over the coming months, we want to learn from you what your patterns are, what affects your sleep, what you care about and make sure we build the best possible product.
We're also having a lot of fun working on Sense and want share everything we're learning along the way with you.
That's all Folks.
And lastly, thank you; we can't wait for you to use what we're building.
If you missed our Kickstarter, you can now pre-order Sense.
Risks and challenges
We're making something physical; atoms are harder to manipulate than bits and harder to fix when they break; so we've worked (and continue to work) very hard to make sure we don't mess things up.
Hello is a team of engineers and designers who have individually worked on products used by millions of people, from iPhones to Fitbits, we understand what goes into making hardware and we know how to do it.
Our manufacturing partners most certainly will have made products that are in your pockets, on your desk, or plugged into your wall somewhere. As well as being experienced, our engineers have either worked with, or even worked for, the suppliers who will be building Sense.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Sense is scheduled to ship in November. We will start shipping Sense to backers based on pledge order, so the sooner you back, the sooner yours will arrive.
You need one Sleep Pill for each person. Our app will display information separately for each person, so those who share the same bed can track their sleep patterns individually.
Yes. A simple off the shelf coin-cell battery fits right in there.
Our engineers know that mistakes happen. So we designed each Sleep Pill to survive life in the washing machine.
Nope. Simply use your single Sense and both Sleep Pills will pair seamlessly.
At this time you need an iPhone 4S or newer, iPod Touch 5G, iPad 3G or newer, or a modern Android such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5. Please verify with your product provider that your particular device has Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support.
We are focused on providing the best possible experience for mobile applications right now. We will share a full list of compatible devices closer to our release date.
Our engineers are exploring the beta software for both. We'll know closer to release what we plan to do here.
Yes. We have built a fully OAuth2 compatible API which will be opened to developers shortly after launch.
Sense is powered from your wall socket via micro-USB cable with a USB wall adapter. No batteries, just plug and go.
For now, Sense will be compatible with a US wall socket; we are not offering international adapters at this time.
Your data is transmitted securely over SSL to and from our servers hosted on Amazon Web Services.
At this time, we are focused on building our API to support such use cases. We want other developers to also be able to build the integrations they want.
No way. We classify key events like snoring and sleep talking on the Sense hardware itself, not by uploading to our servers. Sense keeps a short buffer of recorded sound on the device to be able to pick up loud disturbances during the night, such as a car alarm. These short disturbances are available to play back via the application so you can learn what happened at night.
When Sense glows at night or when you wave your hand over, it is literally for a couple of seconds then fades away gently. We would never want to light up your room as a distraction. Because Sense features an ambient light sensor, it is able to adjust the brightness of the glow based on your room. Dark room, very dim glow. Broad day light, bright so you can see.
If you look closely at around 1:40 minutes into the product video you can see the Smart Alarm in action.
We will have numerous alarm sounds to pick from, and there will be a snooze function. You will be able to customize the alarm sound and adjust the volume from the mobile app. If you have the tendency to oversleep, the Smart Alarm is persistent enough to wake you up.
Many have asked about alarms for people who share a bed. It will be possible to set a different alarm for each person. We will provide an update on this feature soon.
We've also received lots of feedback on the ability to wake up to music or have the Sense act as a wake up light – we’ve added both to the list of product feature suggestions.
Sense will be available for pre-order late August.
We will be sending out Kickstarter surveys at the end of the campaign where you can fill out your preferred color for Sense and also your shipping address for delivery.
Please read our Update #4, which addresses your concerns about privacy: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hello/sense-know-more-sleep-better/posts/932082
The Sleep Pill should be placed on the pillow on which your head lays. In order for Sense to accurately track your sleep pattern, your head must also remain on the same pillow as the pill. If you do not use a pillow, the pill should still work fine if it is clipped to the base bed sheet instead of a pillow, depending on your mattress.
Yes, it can be configured to Celsius and a 24-hour clock. For launch, it will be English only.
It does not. Sense is configured only once during installation and then works seamlessly in the background. It will automatically warn you if your environment isn’t ideal before you sleep, so you can adjust it.
If you have two Sleep Pills can you use two phones for tracking each person or can you use only one phone for tracking both?
Your Sleep Pill is fully independent from your partner’s Sleep Pill. Your Sleep Pill is intended to be used exclusively by you, as it measures your sleep patterns over time. The Sleep Pill isn’t tied to your phone; it is linked to your Hello account. Once you’ve installed the app on your phone, only your data will appear.
Sense can be optimized for one or two Sleep Pills. During installation, Sense links your Sleep Pill to your account. It also only connects to known Sleep Pills.
No. Sense is not synchronizing with your mobile phone during the night, so it does not need to be connected the whole time. You can even leave it off or outside the bedroom entirely.
Sense and the Sleep Pill detect when you are around, day or night, in order to provide you with an accurate Sleep Score from your environment. Sense works regardless of when you sleep. You just need to sleep.
Sense has built-in sound classification algorithms for a couple of valuable noises: snoring and sleep talking. It will also measure overall sound level for continuous noise. The microphone is located in Sense, not in the Sleep Pill.