The makers of the Shine activity monitor, Misfit wearables, recently announced a partnership with Beddit, an ultra-sensitive sleep tracking system that slips under a userís sheets to measure everything from respiration to movement. Billed as one of the least intrusive sensors available, the Misfit Beddit Sleep System is a ďpaper-thinĒ device that can be placed on a bedís mattress just below the sheets to measure a wide spectrum of sleep metrics.
As the user is sleeping on Beddit, it measure sleep cycles by using physiological data like respiration, heart rate, movement, snoring and ambient sound. The information is automatically transmitted to Misfitís app for processing and storage, granting quick access to sleep habits, statistics and visualizations all of which can be readily accessed.
One of the advantages of having a semi-permanently installed tracking system is that users donít have to wear any wristbands or other items that can cause discomfort. Additionally, with sensitive sensors and specialized algorithms, Beddit can generate information on a per-user basis, even if two people are sleeping in the same bed. Each person needs their own device for accurate readings.
Although Misfitís own Shine wearable device tracks sleep habits, it still needs to be worn on the wrist to work. According to Misfit CEO Sonny Vu:
Shine delivered on the important function of activity tracking, but we saw that sleep tracking was one of the most engaging features because Shine does it automatically, unlike other activity monitors. With Beddit, we're making our sleep tracking functionality even more robust. Not only are we able to measure more, but even less is required of the user - a frictionless experience.
Source: iTunes, Misfit