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Innovation and the IoT Are Making Our Beds Really Smart

Diogo Costa, @diogocostaw
08.29.16
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New technologies are reaching everywhere, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is giving a new life to our common household items. Nowadays, one of the goals tech companies have is to make all devices smart, which means giving them the ability to communicate, which is often done using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivities.

With technology spreading at this pace, we are developing the habit of taking gadgets to our beds. This is becoming really bad for us, as we are not taking advantage of the amazing memory foam mattresses available nowadays, we have less sleep quality and deteriorate the relationships with or significant others.

Regardless, the tech market is booming and beds do not escape this fever. Here are two excellent examples of this.

IT Bed

The IT Bed, by the American company Sleep Number, has built-in sensors in its mattress that detect changes in pressure "hundreds of times per second" - this is baptized as the SleepIQ technology. With this, the bed can measure the user's heart and breathing rates, as well as the user's general movements, to understand if the sleep is smooth or not.

All the data is then transmitted, via Bluetooth, to a smartphone or tablet running iOS or Android. There is also the SleepIQ API, which allows the injection of data from other intelligent devices, so that the bed can suggest better sleep habits. This is done using an algorithm that analyses all this data and then gives some useful tips.

Hi-Can

If comfort is important to you, with the Hi-Can you will not want to get out of bed. It is a bed with a futuristic design that was planned to gather comfort, convenience and technology all in one item.
The Hi-Can Fidelity Canopy, work of the Italian designer Edoardo Carlino, is focused on multimedia and has a screen and DVD player built in, which allows you to watch your favorite movies, play video games and even surf the Internet. The bed also features a sound system, lighting and integrated flaps.

In addition, this bed also allows users to control functions in the room. From a console it is possible, for example, to open the curtains, set the temperature and even turn the lights on or off. For now, the Hi-Can is not available, but more news can be accessed in its website.

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