Tanita’s Sleep Meter is Internet connected


They say that getting enough hours of sleep is important, and not only that, picking up quality sleep is also another issue as quantity alone should not be used as a benchmark. If only there was a way for one to be able to measure the quality of sleep. Wait a minute, Tanita has a potential solution in the form of their Sleep Meter which is strategically located right under your bedclothes. Basically, the Sleep Meter is said to be effective even when you are sleeping on your side, as it is fully capable of measuring the sleep state of the user regardless of how he or she is sprawled all over the comfortable mattress..

The Tanita Sleep Meter will rely on a sensor that contains water to perform the necessary readings required, where its measurement data will then be made available over the Internet for remote monitoring capability. Also known as the “Sleep Scan (SL-511),” this device is hoped to see action for business use, particularly in nursing and caring businesses, hotels and express companies. Shipping of the Sleep Meter will kick off early August to volunteer testers, while those who want to pick one up for themselves will have to wait until early October.

The Sleep Meter will come with a mat-like sensor that is placed under bedclothes, and whenever you lie on the bedclothes, the sensor will get to work automatically, measuring your sleep state. Should you make some movement away from the bedclothes, it will stop whatever it is measuring at the moment, sending such measured data to a server over a wireless LAN connection.

After receiving the data, the server will start to use its built-in algorithms to analyze it. The user of the Sleep Meter (upon waking up, I suppose) or a manager is then able to perform a check on the analysis results that comprise of (but not limited to) sleep stage, sleep score, and sleep type through a simple act of accessing the server.

Basically, all vibrations sent to the water contained in the mat are picked up by a condenser microphone. These detected vibrations will be separated into a trio of components (pulse, breathing and body motion) that are based on the differences in frequency, intensity, etc. Using those vital data, analysis results are then calculated. Sounds like a dream job, testing the Tanita Sleep Meter. What do you think?


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