Samsung is a pretty neat company. They really tackle everything, from TVs, computers, mobile devices to... something that will analyze you silly and tell you when to go straight to bed. It will even make sure your TV is turned off. And no, it's really not your mum.
Meet SLEEPsense, another revelation from this year's IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. Samsung claims that 'you can quickly and easily understand your sleep patterns and learn how to improve it without having to seek advice', but this cheeky device wants to hit the sheets with you - you need to place it underneath your pillow! But we'll do anything to sleep well, so further read is nothing short of a must.
The sleep monitoring device tracks your heart and breathing rate, while gathering data on the quantity and quality of your sleep. The collected data is then gathered into a patented app (works with Android or iOS), which displays your 'results', when you wake up in the morning. Your score is then compared to scores of other people in your age group and personalized tips are given on how to improve your sleep, what diet to take on and how to exercise to achieve 'better sleep'. To sum up, the app tells you exactly why you are so cranky and obnoxious, as well as what to about it, so that the morning after you'll be doing nothing but singing Good morning, sunshine, the Earth says hello!
According to Samsung, an individual's score is based on seven different factors including total sleep time, sleep efficiency, time it took to fall asleep, number of times you woke up, number of times you got out of bed, percentage of time in REM (rapid eye movement) and percentage of time in deep sleep.
One of the main factors, responsible for good quality sleep, is a comfortable sleep environment, meaning Samsung needed to focus on all devices in your home that may affect or assist your sleeping conditions. Samsung SleepSense made it possible for the device to connect to other Samsung smart appliances, allowing user to for example control air conditioning units or to turn off the television when falling asleep.
We understand the benefits of such a device, but it still sounds kind of creepy. It looks to us like this device might just as well be aptly called the Reversed Poltergeist (you know, because it's pretty much the same thing, only poltergeists usually do just the opposite - they turn the TV on).