Dutch startup Somnox arrived to the latest iteration of the Consumer Electronics Show to reveal its creation of the same name that’s advertised as the world’s first robot focused on helping you sleep better. The Somnox robot is said to rely on “scientifically proven” techniques for stimulating certain cognitive functions and encouraging particular breathing patterns that allow you to fall to sleep more easily. Despite not being officially described as such, the Somnox is essentially a smart pillow you’re meant to snuggle with in bed so as to have your body automatically pick up on some of its cues and mimic the breathing techniques simulated by the device, allowing it to relax and fall asleep in a quicker manner.
The Somnox also comes with a companion app for Android and iOS devices that offers lullabies and other soothing audio recordings such as heartbeats and meditation guides. Should you have a particular sound that relaxes you, you’re able to upload it into the app and easily access it while simultaneously activating the smart pillow so as to quickly prepare for bed. The video that can be seen below is a brief summary of the Somnox’s abilities and covers most benefits of owning it. The Dutch company says its creation is meant to be an evolution of contemporary sleep tracking solutions that are useful for gathering data but don’t immediately improve your quality of sleep. Additionally, the Somnox can also be instructed to allow you to sleep longer or help you wake up in a more natural manner, the startup claims.
Somnox said the idea to create its sleep robot stemmed from the fact that many people suffer from sleep deprivation, citing a recent CDC-made study claiming a third of American adults get less sleep than they should on a frequent basis. As science suggests certain breathing techniques are more conducive to relaxing than others, Somnox seeks to subconsciously guide you toward adopting them and ultimately allow you to sleep better. The device has been in the making for approximately two years and was funded on Kickstarter in late 2017, having raised more than double of its initial €100,000 ($120,000) funding goal. While the Kickstarter campaign is now over, the Somnox can be ordered from Indiegogo InDemand for $549 (€499). Original backers will start receiving their units in July, while people who supported the Somnox over Indiegogo can expect their robots to arrive in September.