Intelligent bedrooms

Would you like to go to sleep with the help of a “sleep robot” and wake up in a bed that rises automatically in the morning? There are smart home gadgets for the bedroom that are designed to help you feel more comfortable within your own four walls and to improve your sleep for the long term. At imm cologne 2019, companies like Auping and Philips Hue presented innovative concepts to promote better sleep, making it clear that we’re only just beginning our journey into the world of smart bedrooms.

May 24 2019

Bedrooms with brains

We’ve all been repeatedly advised to reduce our use of technology before going to bed, as it can have a negative impact on the quality of our sleep. Numerous studies have proven that the use of smartphones, tablets and laptops – and the associated blue light emitted by these screens – can disrupt our sleep in the long term. But what if integrating technology into our bedrooms could actually improve our quality of life?

At imm cologne 2019, the Dutch manufacturer of beds and mattresses Auping presented its smart bedroom. In collaboration with partners including Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Philips Hue, Bosch thermostats, Somnox and Athom, the Deventer-based company showcased technological developments for the bedroom with features including automated morning and evening rituals.

For example, it’s possible to set a time at which the curtains are automatically closed and the light is turned off at night. Or you can choose specific lighting and music to wake up to, thereby creating a pleasant atmosphere in the morning. And you can programme the system to automatically vacuum and air the bedroom during the day. It’s all controlled via an app.

“In the app, everything revolves around intelligent bed control in combination with the Auping Smart Base. This system supports users in improving their sleep and in creating a perfect waking and sleeping experience in the bedroom that’s individual to them,” explains Jabe Faber, Category Manager Smart Technology at Auping.

“We use an open API and, with help from Athom – a company based in the Netherlands that has developed a smart home hub called Homey – we’re able to combine our technology with various applications such as Google Home, Philips Hue, and Bosch thermostats. This way, we can speak to Google Home or Amazon Alexa to actually control our beds via voice command.” By linking various functions together, Auping creates a sleeping experience that goes far beyond the bed itself.

An overview of three smart bedroom gadgets

You don’t have to be satisfied with only occasionally having a perfect night’s sleep. There are already tools available that analyse your sleep behaviour and help you to correct it. To save any number of relationships and improve the partner’s sleep, Auping has developed an anti-snoring function that’s delivered as standard with all its adjustable models.

When the Auping Smart Base’s snore detector is activated, the following happens: the snore detector measures the sound level in the room and its algorithms identify the intensity of the snoring sound. If the person snoring sleeps on their back, the sound measurement triggers the back section of the bed to rise slightly in order to increase the amount of air taken in when breathing. This in turn minimises snoring. If the snorer is a side- or stomach-sleeper, the measurement activates a small vibration intended to stir the snorer into changing sleeping position – without disturbing their partner. And it’s all completely automated.

Lighting is another important element, not only in terms of sleeping well but also when it comes to waking up in the best way. Many people dream of an end to harsh bedroom lighting giving their mornings an unpleasant start – especially in the depths of winter. Intelligent lighting products like the Philips Hue Wellness lamp make this possible. By filling the room with a light that brightens gradually, the lamp rouses you gently from a relaxing night’s sleep. Each bulb can be controlled using a smartphone app or via an intelligent display like Amazon’s Echo Show or the Google Home Hub.

Another factor in getting a good night’s sleep is bedroom temperature: many people like their bedrooms to always be warm and inviting. Intelligent heating systems like Nest and Hive give users the freedom to change the temperature without getting out of bed – either via a smartphone app or by simply giving the instruction to a smart speaker.

Our bedrooms should be sanctuaries – away from the stresses and upheavals of daily life. Smart bedroom gadgets like snore detectors, lighting controls and temperature measurement help to make the bedroom as comfortable as it needs to be for us to get the restful sleep that everyone wants. The smart bedroom trend may only just be beginning, but the outlook is very promising.

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