Smart sleep tracker, Sense, has a successor with voice control capability named ‘Sense with Voice.’ With the similar look of the original Sense, the new version adds support to voice commands and smart home integration.
Initially, Sense contains a baseball-sized sphere-shaped monitor and a pill-shaped sensor which attaches the user’s pillow to detect movements. The user needs a smartphone to control the device via its app.
With the new voice control skill, now the user can just say “Okay Sense, wake me up at seven in the morning” or “Okay Sense, how was my sleep last night” to command and interact with the device. The user can use voice commands to set the alarm, check the bedroom environment or access to the sleep quality report.
The new version also comes with some new hardwares. For example, new sensors inside allow the device to track UV light, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, light temperature and barometric pressure. Originally, Sense could only detect light, humidity, temperature, air quality and noises.
More, multiple microphones installed with beam-forming and noise cancellation let the user to talk with Sense with Voice anywhere in the bedroom. The device is able to receive the voice command even as the user stands at the far corner across the room.
The sleep sensor which attaches under the pillow is also said to be redesigned to be easier attaching to the pillow. And a longer battery life which is said to last two years.
Sense with Voice also starts to integrate with smart home controls. As the sensor attached to the pillow knows when the homeowner goes to bed and when to wake up, the device can then trigger other smart home devices to create automatic home environment.
For instance, as the sensor detects the user waking up, it can then tells the smart thermostat to adjust to the preferred temperature or brighten the lights gradually in the room. For now, Sense with Voice supports Nest’s Learning Thermostat and Philips’ Hue smart lighting. The company says more devices are expected to be added on the list.
Hello, the company behind the sleep tracker Sense was founded in 2012, with the goal to create a device which bridges health tracking and the smart home. And in 2014, the company launched its first product on the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. The campaign was successfully closed with more than $2.4 million from 19,000 backers. After that, the company has also raised fundings of $40 million from investors like Temasek Holdings, Allen&Co., Facebook’s David Marcus, Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra and Spotify’s Shakil Khan.
Sense with Voice starts shipping now with a $149 price. The product is now distributed at retailers including Amazon, Target and Best Buy in the U.S.