PERHAPS as an indication of the market for lifestyle and smart home devices, the Kickstarter campaign for a sleep monitoring device has passed the US$1.3m mark in its first week.
The Sense sleep monitoring device by James Proud had a Kickstarter goal of $100,000 within 30 days, but is now predicted to have $4 million in funding by the end of the crowd-funding campaign.
Sense has an orb-like form factor and it tracks the user's sleep behaviour. It has various sleep-related functionality, including logging conditions in the room such as temperature, humidity and sound levels. It can also wake the user up at an optimal point in their sleep cycle.
The device works via a smaller tracker which attaches the pillow to track sleep. This tracker lets the system detect when the user falls asleep, as well as any bodily movements that occur during sleep.
The device sends the information via Bluetooth Low Energy and ANT to the main Sense orb.
The Kickstarter campaign has 3 weeks more to run, with the Sense system costing $129 for backers.