updated 03:00 am EDT, Tue June 19, 2012
No need for user to wear sensor equipment
Gear4's wireless sleep monitor and bedside alarm clock, the Renew SleepClock, is now shipping and available in Apple Stores or directly from the company. The clock incorporates two sensors to monitor the users' breathing and movement, allowing the free companion iOS app to log sleep cycles. The program can detect movement up to five feet away.
The unit incorporates and charges the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in the body of the clock, using the app to coordinate with the hardware to track the sleep cycle. The sensors allow the user to sleep naturally without having to wear any headbands or wristbands or wired devices placed under the sheets.
Users set a range of time for waking up and the clock will then trigger the alarm at the most appropriate time based on the sleep cycle. The clock can also start a playlist of music playing from the iOS device that is gently faded out to help the user fall asleep. Wake-up options include a radio alarm, iPod music or ambient soundscapes.
The Renew SleepClock sells for $200 and is available directly from Gear4 or through Apple online or the retail stores as well as other online retailers such as Amazon.