If you own an action camera, it’s probably a GoPro. But if you are planning on sharing any footage of your latest outdoor adventure with friends and colleagues, you will need more than just hardware. You will need software.
Beddit Sleep Tracker (preview)
The Beddit Sleep Tracker will monitor your sleep, heart rate, breathing rhythm, movements and snoring
- Doesn't require battery/recharging
- Wirelessly syncs to Android/iOS app
- Smart Alarm feature
- Requires one sensor per person
- Not available until November
The Beddit Sleep Tracker claims to automatically track your sleep, heart rate, breathing rhythm, movements and snoring, and will also monitor the amount of noise and light in your bedroom.
Price$ 149.00 (AUD)
Fitness trackers seem to be exploding in popularity with the likes of Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike all in on the act. Finnish company Beddit will soon join them but its device is only interested while you're asleep, claiming to analyse your sleep and give you tips on how to improve it.
You've probably never heard of Beddit before but the company was founded in 2006 and develops and markets products for sleep and wellness tracking. It has experience mainly in the medical professional department, but is now moving into the consumer market with the sleep tracker.
The Beddit Sleep Tracker effectively consists of two parts. An "ultra-thin film sensor" is strapped to your mattress, under your sheets, and the data collected from the sensor is wirelessly sent to a dedicated app on your iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. The key feature of the Beddit is the fact that you don't actually need to wear anything while you're sleeping, unlike competing fitness tracker devices.
Beddit says the sensor will automatically track your sleep, heart rate, breathing rhythm, movements and snoring, and will also monitor the amount of noise and light in your bedroom. The company is very clear that the Beddit Sleep Tracker is not a medical device, but simply classifies it as a product that can help manage your sleep.
Beddit says the Sleep Tracker uses what's called "ballistocardiography", which claims to measure the mechanical forces caused by heartbeat, respiration and movement of a person in bed. Using this data, the Beddit app will attempt to analyse your sleep and stress levels. We're a little skeptical given almost every sleep tracker product we've tried has been hopelessly inaccurate, but we're keen to put the Beddit to the test when it becomes available.
The Beddit sensor itself is constructed with a thin strip of film that has an adhesive on one side to stick to your mattress. The sensor needs to be plugged into a supplied USB power outlet when in use, but this means it doesn't need to be recharged, unlike most wearable fitness devices. Each individual person will need their own Beddit sensor, so you can't share one device with two users, even if you sleep in the same bed.
The Beddit app smartphone app for iOS and Android will display tips on how sleep can be improved, including recommending specific times to go to bed, changing the conditions of your bedroom, and allowing you to specify reasons why you may have woken up during the night. The app also comes with a smart alarm feature that can be set to wake you up in a desired time window, when you are sleeping lightly.
Beddit is launching the Sleep Tracker with a campaign on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The device is available to pre-order for US$99 in black and white colours, but Beddit is hoping for a full market launch in November, when it will cost $US149.
A promotional video of the Beddit Sleep Tracker can be viewed below.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Expensive, but probably the best phone you can buy right now
- 2 Huawei Nova 3i review: All Sell, No Soul
- 3 Oppo A5X review: A winning blend of long battery, solid performance and low-price
- 4 DJI Mavic 2 Pro review: These glorious heights
- 5 Huawei FreeBuds review: Solid as a value-add, less so standalone
Latest News Articles
- Microsoft Bing's Black Friday research tools are hit-and-miss
- The best smart thermostat you can buy, the Alexa-enabled Ecobee4, is $50 off
- AMD's new Radeon RX 590 is here, but the Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 are dirt-cheap right now
- OnePlus 6T tips: The 10 features to check out first
- Samsung to put a time limit on free custom Android themes
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
- Apple iPhone XS review: Astonishment at a price
- Google Pixel 3 XL review: Ghost in the machine
- Oppo Find X: Full, in-depth review
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?