Apple has revealed its first sleep tracking device, after buying apps and sensor maker Beddit earlier this year.
The new $149 Beddit sensor, released today, uses a 2mm mat placed under a mattress to track sleep.
It learns user’s sleep patterns and can even tell people the best time for them to go to sleep and wake up.
What is beddit?
Beddit is an app and device combination that learns about the user’s sleep patterns and connects daily habits to their sleep in order to help them get a better night’s rest.
The ultra-thin film sensor is placed on your mattress and is plugged into a regular low voltage USB power supply.
The sensor measures your presence in the bed (sleep rhythm) and your movements (actigraphy) during the night and also the movements of your heart (heart rate) and your breathing movements (breathing rhythm and snoring).
It then sends this data to a special app via bluetooth, where it is analysed as a sleep report shown.
‘Beddit Sleep Monitor automatically tracks your sleep and works with the Beddit app on your iPhone to help measure, manage, and improve your sleep,’ Apple says on its store page for the new product.
‘With automatic and accurate tracking, you get a full picture of your night by measuring sleep time, heart rate, breathing, snoring, and bedroom temperature and humidity.
‘And when you set daily bedtime and sleep time goals, Beddit motivates you to achieve them with tip notifications like morning results, bedtime reminders, and weekly reports.’
The sleep industry is estimated to be worth more than $32 billion, and many wearables now offer users ways to track their sleep.
Beddit made its debut in 2014 with a new gadget that can turn any mattress into a smart bed capable of analyzing your sleep.