Luna: Make Your Bed Smarter
We’ve already got smart thermostats, smart lights, smart locks, and smart kitchen appliances. There’s also a abundance of fitness trackers on the market that tell you how many steps you’ve taken, how far you’ve travelled, and how your overall activity level measures up. On a daily basis, new devices that sync with your smart phone to give you a smarter home and a more automated and informed life are being developed.
So, it was only a matter of time before a smart bed came on the market. Not a sleep tracker — that’s something you wear, and you most definitely do not wear the Luna. You sleep on it, basically turning your entire bed into a sleep tracker. Now that is smart.
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Sleep On It
Calling Luna a smart bed may be a bit misleading. It’s actually a wifi mattress cover — which is really nice because you don’t have to buy a whole new bed or mattress. You just slip it over what you already have, and you’ve got a smart mattress. The cover can even be cleaned in the washer and dried in the dryer.
Yes, Luna does everything that a wearable sleep tracker does: notes the time you fall asleep, how much time you stay asleep, your sleep phases, your breathing rate, and more. It also does a lot more, like adjust the temperature of your bed so that you’re comfortable the moment you get under the covers. It can even adjust each side independently so both you and your partner are comfortable. Plus, Luna learns your bedtime and gets your bed’s temperature ready before you get into it. It also syncs with other smart devices in your home to check on things like locked doors, set your alarm for the morning, and even get your smart coffee maker started so you wake up to a hot cup.
So Much Data
At a certain point, though, you have to ask if the information that Luna gives you — in fact, the information that all sleep trackers give you — truly helps you sleep better. Does knowing the number of times you wake up during the night help you stay asleep, or does it just cause more anxiety and cause you to lose more sleep? Are we gaining valuable data, or are we just seeing the actual numbers on how poorly we sleep?
Still, the Luna does offer several advantages over a wearable sleep tracker. The temperature regulation is a real breakthrough, and the warmth that Luna provides may indeed help some people fall asleep faster. Additionally, the communication capability with other smart devices in your home and the fact that you don’t have to remember to actually slip it on your wrist are definite check marks in the “pro” column.
A Good Night’s Sleep Is In Demand
Clearly, the Luna is a wanted product, and it’s near the end of a very successful Indiegogo campaign. The initial ask was for $100,000 USD, and that was raised in just six hours. Over the course of a month, Luna raised over eight times its goal. People obviously want a smarter sleep experience, and wearing a bracelet just isn’t doing it for them.
Luna, like a lot of other smart devices, is built on an open API platform, so more features could potentially be added. It’s also affordable: after the discounted crowdfunding prices expire, a full or queen sized Luna is expected to retail for about $250 USD, with the price of a king a bit higher. Production is expected to start in March, shipping is planned for August, and sweet dreams should commence shortly thereafter.
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