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Sleep Tracker That Uses Alpha Waves

Posted July 5, 2016

Stress and other factors impact on our sleep quality, as a result, the various gadgets are coming into assistance to promise a better rest. A new device called the FitSleep α1 uses alpha waves to help us increase sleeping quality.

1-Title2_opxjpcIt uses alpha waves to fast-track the user to the deep stage of sleep. Alpha waves are brain oscillations that have functions in the wake-sleep cycle. The results of the research show that for the first 10 days, those people with an active and inactive FitSleep α1 took, on average, the same time to fall asleep and got a similar proportion of deep sleep and deep-sleep quality score. After alpha waves were turned on, participants of this research exhibited a gradual decrease in time to fall asleep, an increase in deep sleep, and an increase in their sleep-quality score. In comparison, other participants without activated alpha-wave function showed no noticeable difference in those parameters.

FitSleep α1 emits a range of electromagnetic waves from 0-13 Hz, and scans how the body reacts. As the FitSleep α1 picks up changes in heart rate and breathing patterns, it will tune to the most effective frequency and send out alpha waves meant to lull users into deep sleep. The device includes vibration, pressure and infrared sensors used to gather information on the user. A filter module and amplifier circuits help produce a reading of vital signs that are logged into the gadget.

The data is stored and can be transferred to a mobile phone via Bluetooth. Then the data is sent to a server to run through an algorithm to generate a sleep report. With this info it give tip to for users to improve their sleeping patterns.

To bring the gadget to the market, the team has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Early bird devices are still available for $129 and delivery is estimated on September of 2016. If all goes according to plan, it will ship worldwide.

Source: Indiegogo

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