Nineteen-year-old James Proud dropped out of college three years ago after receiving a $100,000 grant from Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder and Venture Capitalist extraordinaire. This grant allowed for him to move to San Francisco and start working with the brightest minds in technology.
Proud finally put the grant to good use when he started developing Sense, a polycarbonate sphere that tracks sleeping patterns to help consumers wake up every day feeling refreshed and revitalized.
Sense monitors the environment of your bedroom every night while you sleep, collecting data about noise, light, temperature, humidity and surrounding particles in the air. It also comes with a Sleep Pill device, which is clipped to your pillow and keeps track of your movements throughout the night without causing a disturbance. The data is then transmitted via Wi-Fi onto an app that is available on both Android and IOS devices, and tells you how well you slept that night. The app provides you with a ‘sleep score’ each night, letting you know how well you slept, what disrupted your sleep, what made you uncomfortable and how deep your sleep really was.
The Sense sphere includes a built-in alarm, which takes information from the Sleep Pill to ensure that you wake up rejuvenated and don’t actually oversleep. This is done when the user sets an alarm on the app compatible with Sense, and the alarm’s ringer goes off close to the time you set, but while you are in a light and not deep sleep. The device also has an ambient light sensor that allows it to differentiate between day and night, as well as a high-quality microphone that sends any sounds that disturbed you to your phone and lets you play them back.
James Proud’s product features a sleek and minimalist design that makes Sense the perfect bedside accessory. The sphere can also serve as a nightlight as the product glows colorfully in the dark without using too much battery – thanks in-part to Bluetooth Low Energy technology.
Sense and Sleep Pill are available for pre-order now at a cost of $99. If its production company, Hello Inc., reaches its funding target the device should be available for $129 with an additional shipping charge.
Sense will go on sale in August, later this year.