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New bed sensor to track weight, sleep quality
AFP
October 18, 2013
First Published: 15:05 IST(18/10/2013)
Last Updated: 17:37 IST(18/10/2013)

A British startup company that offers fitness training plans based on your DNA is launching a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund its latest innovation: a bed scale and tracker.
While fans of the quantified self can track their sleep with wearable devices such as Fibit, Jawbone UP, or Nike's new FuelBand SE, or via apps with their smartphone tucked under their pillow, Genetrainer has developed a new concept: sensors placed under the legs of a bed that track your movements throughout the night.

Announced Thursday at the Demo conference in Silicon Valley, California, the device -- called Bed Scales -- can sense your sleep cycle, measure your weight changes while you're sleeping, and wake you up during a period of light sleep so you won't feel groggy. The upside is that the device is unobtrusive and you won't need to wear anything. Downside: the technology, for now, doesn't work as well when there are two people in the bed.

Another competitor is Beddit's ultrathin Bluetooth sensor sleep tracker, which will soon start shipping after a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. To use Beddit, users slip the thin tape-like sensors under a bed sheet to track sleep quality, heart rate, breathing rhythm, movement, sleep stages, snoring, and sleeping environment, such as noise level and light. Meanwhile, Jawbone's UP recently launched a new platform with 10 integrated apps, including Sleepio, a UK-based online sleep enhancement program that uses cognitive behavioral therapy, such as progressive relaxation and thought blocking, to boost your slumber.

For its genetic-based fitness scheme, "Genetrainer generates personalized training plans, exercises, and advice derived from your DNA as well as heart rate, sleep patterns, and weight, giving you a faster and more measurable way of achieving your individual training goals, the company says. To access, you'll need to take a genetics test via companies such as 23andMe and Family Tree DNA, or with legacy formats such as Navigenics. The company will then retrieve the file results to develop your plan.
www.genetrainer.com


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