If you’re not into wearing a Fitbit, there’s now another way to track your sleep, and it comes with some added bedtime perks that activity trackers don’t offer. First introduced by Mashable, Zeeq is a smart pillow that tracks and optimizes sleep patterns, monitors snoring, wakes you up via alarm at the appropriate point in your REM cycle, and, perhaps most interestingly, streams music and sleep sounds from inside that are low enough for only you to hear.
Cofounder Warrick Bell came up with the idea for Zeeq due to his own sleep issue where he wanted to play music to doze off, but didn’t want to bother his wife. After shoving wireless headphones into a pillow and realizing that only he could hear it, he knew he was onto something. The pillow has eight wireless speakers within it that can play music from iTunes and Spotify or you can listen to the included sleep tracks, all of which are controlled by the corresponding app.
The other sleep issue that Zeeq addresses is snoring. If it hears this happening, the pillow gently vibrates to encourage a new sleep position. It can also detect when you’re tossing and turning to determine how much deep sleep you’re getting. All of this data gets stored in the app, where users can input other factors such as diet and exercise that could impact sleep.
Zeeq is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, but with 17 days left to go, it’s already far surpassed its $50,000 goal, with $285,366 currently pledged. The pillow is expected to retail for $299.
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