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Somnox robo-pillow helps you sleep by moving and grooving

Somnox is a breathing robotic pillow that is designed to improve your sleep
Somnox is a breathing robotic pillow that is designed to improve your sleep
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Somnox can play calming sounds to help ease you into sleep
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Somnox can play calming sounds to help ease you into sleep
And once you fall asleep the device will automatically reduce its volume and switch the sound off
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And once you fall asleep the device will automatically reduce its volume and switch the sound off
The device "breathes" in a rhythm that the sleeper then apparently mirrors
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The device "breathes" in a rhythm that the sleeper then apparently mirrors
A breakdown of all the components in Somnox
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A breakdown of all the components in Somnox
The outer fabric is removable and washable
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The outer fabric is removable and washable
The company's own studies claim the Somnox results in users falling asleep faster 90 percent of the time
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The company's own studies claim the Somnox results in users falling asleep faster 90 percent of the time
This is the peanut shaped marvel
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This is the peanut shaped marvel
The Somnox pairs with an associated app
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The Somnox pairs with an associated app
Don't hug your partner, hug the Somnox
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Don't hug your partner, hug the Somnox
The app allows the user to program a variety of features and select their own musical choices
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The app allows the user to program a variety of features and select their own musical choices
The pillow does not light up, this photograph seems to be for illustrative purposes
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The pillow does not light up, this photograph seems to be for illustrative purposes
Ahead of the Kickstarter game, the company seems all set to move into mass manufacturing
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Ahead of the Kickstarter game, the company seems all set to move into mass manufacturing
The outer fabric is optimized for comfort
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The outer fabric is optimized for comfort
The Somnox isn't cheap but it is made from top grade materials
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The Somnox isn't cheap but it is made from top grade materials
For over $500 this is an expensive sleep aid
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For over $500 this is an expensive sleep aid
But who can put a price on a good night's sleep?
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But who can put a price on a good night's sleep?
The final Somnox product
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The final Somnox product
Somnox is a breathing robotic pillow that is designed to improve your sleep
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Somnox is a breathing robotic pillow that is designed to improve your sleep

With millions of Americans suffering from some kind of sleep disorder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described sleep deprivation as a public health epidemic. Somnox is the latest attempt to address the problem using technology, this time in the form of a robotic pillow that is claimed to improve sleep by helping regulate breathing and playing sleep-inducing sounds.

Despite being labeled as a sleep robot, Somnox is more like a mechanical peanut-shaped pillow designed to be spooned. Its big sleep-aiding feature is its claimed ability to adjust your breathing patterns. By mildly expanding and contracting in a calming rhythm, the maker's of the product claim a person will slowly, and subconsciously, adjust their own breathing to mirror that of the Somnox.

As well as adjusting your breathing patterns, Somnox has a built-in speaker with an accompanying app programmed to play sounds selected to help soothe one into sleep. The system is loaded with pre-set heartbeat sounds, lullabies and guided meditations, but you can also upload your own personal playlist to help you get to sleep.

This is the peanut shaped marvel
This is the peanut shaped marvel

There have been a variety of hi-tech sleep aids in recent years that play with sound in an attempt to keep you asleep longer and deeper. SleepCogni uses gentle waves of light and sound to calm you and put you to sleep, while the Dreem vibrates your skull with sound waves to improve your sleep once you've drifted off.

The audio features of the Somnox at least have strong anecdotal backing. On the other hand, the breathing rhythm claims are slightly less convincing, although the company does point to several studies backing its claims that link better sleep with a slow breathing rhythm.

The app allows the user to program a variety of features and select their own musical choices
The app allows the user to program a variety of features and select their own musical choices

Ultimately, these kinds of sleep aids are sure to help some, even if it is only at the same rate of a placebo. The company suggests its own recent testing, which obviously doesn't carry as much weight as independent testing, found that after spending the night with the Somnox, 90 percent of users fell asleep faster and 70 percent felt they had a better rest.

Made from soft polyurethane mattress foam with a nylon shell and washable outer cover, Somnox weighs 1.9 kg (4.2 lb) and measures 35.5 x 20.3 x 12.7 cm (14 x 8 x 5 in). It is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, with the price set at 449 (US$527). Shipping is scheduled to start in July 2018 if all goes to plan, but the company claims to already be all set to move the product into manufacturing.

Take a look at the Somnox in the video below.

Source: Kickstarter

Somnox - world's first sleep robot to improve your sleep.

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