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At IFA, Samsung Launches The Sleep Sense Tracker. A Gateway To Smart Home Domination?

At IFA, Samsung Launches The Sleep Sense Tracker. A Gateway To Smart Home Domination?What’s next for Samsung, now that – as per data provided by the company – 40% of European households own a TV made by the manufacturers and 60% of them a smartphone by the same brand? Internet of Things domination.

The company’s vision was outlined by YH Eom, president of the European division, at a press conference today at IFA. “The IoT sector holds amazing potential. As a EU-funded research shows, it will be worth 1 trillion euros by 2020,” he said, adding that, by the same year, all Samsung devices will feature IoT capabilities.

Thanks also to last year’s acquisition of Smart Things, the startup that created one of the most advertised hubs for the connected home, Samsung plans to create a whole ecosystem of appliances around every individual. And it will do so, starting from a somehow unexpected ally: a sleep tracker.

Namely the Sleep Sense Tracker, a small, circular device launched today that, once put under the mattress and connected with an ad hoc app, analyses the quality of sleep, including heart and respiratory rates, and your movements in bed, and in the morning provides a report, together with some recommendations by well-known experts (like Harvard’s Medical School professor Christos Mantzoros, who worked with Samsung on this project).

The sleep score will be based on seven elements; total sleep time, sleep efficiency, time it took to fall asleep, number of times you woke up, number of times you got out of bed, percentage of time in REM (rapid eye movement) and percentage of time in deep sleep.

Since Sleep Sense will also be connected to other home appliances, it will be able to adjust them as needed. For instance, it will tweak your air conditioning, if it notices that it is meddling with the quality of your sleep, or switch off the TV, if it realizes that you left it turned on by mistake.

Mantzoros and Yoon C. Lee, Samsung’s VP of Digital Appliances, were both enthusiastic about the device, stressing how much the quality of sleep is linked to the good state of your metabolism, and to the quality of your life in general.

Federico Guerrini, Forbes
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