Taking Sleep to the Next Level

Scott Fried, the founder of Doctor in the House, was issued a patent for sensory control headgear and method of use. The patent discloses a sensory control headgear for promoting relaxation, improving sleep, snoring reduction or…

Kokoon’s time to shine?

During CES 2022, Kokoon Nightbuds received runner-up for the Omdia Technology Innovation Award for fitness, health, and well-being. The Nightbuds appear to overcome many problems with other sleep earbuds currently on the market. The…

CES 2022: Not Sleeping On Ring Sensors

CES 2022 is currently underway, and one of the major trends is smart rings, with both Circular and Movano showing rings. Circular analyzes biosignals to provide feedback on sleep and other daily activities. The company raised over $300,000…

Apple Alarm Update

November 2021, Patent Forecast® mentioned the Apple patent application that was published in regards to an alarm that can adjust itself for more sleep. To no surprise, in December of 2021, Apple had another patent application publish for a…

Panasonic – Back at it Again with the Sleep Patents

Panasonic Corporation is a major Japanese company known for its consumer electronics of which it was the world’s largest maker in the late 20th century. The company had a patent publish in early December 2021 for a control method and…

Can your Apple Watch Monitor Blood Pressure? No, but your Fitbit Might

Early December 2021, Fitbit had a patent publish regarding an intelligent inflatable cuff for arm-based blood pressure measurement. This device can estimate a users’ blood pressure using intelligent oscillometric blood pressure measurement…

An Alarm that Adjusts Itself for More Sleep? Yes Please.

*Insert iPhone alarm sound* Can you hear it ringing in your head? The sound we all too well know, your morning alarm. How long does it take you to calculate how much sleep you’re going to get based on what time you intend on going to bed…

For Sleep Tech, Keep an Eye on Estonia?

Estonia has been taking active steps to position itself as an attractive place for entrepreneurs to start their businesses. Tax policies, e-residencies, and digital infrastructure are all part of the country’s startup-friendly…

Will Interaxon Act on Patent Portfolio?

Interaxon creates headbands that monitor brain activity via electroencephalogram (EEG) in order to provide meditation and sleep cues. The company announced in October 2021 that it was releasing an updated product with improved battery life…

Patents Predict: LG Moving into Smart Beds

LG Electronics had five patent applications publish in October 2021 for a bed with a built-in dryer system. The applications detail two purposes for these features — first, dry mattresses and bedding are more hygienic. Second, the system…

You’ve Heard of the Pandemic Pivot — What about the Consumer Sleep Pivot?

As non-contact sleep tracking continues to grow, Patent Forecast is noticing companies in the imaging industry shifting their technologies to consumer sleep. We covered Google and its Soli chip, as well as ObjectVideo Labs using its video…

Is Apple Also Interested in Posture Detection?

Earlier in September 2021, Patent Forecast highlighted Philips and its subsidiary Nightbalance, speculating that the company may want to focus on posture detection and correction as an alternative to sleep apnea masks given recent recalls…

Can Philips Lean on Nightbalance?

In 2018, Philips acquired Nightbalance, a Dutch digital health company that had developed a device for correcting sleep posture to mitigate sleep apnea. The device is a band worn around the chest that vibrates to alert the wearer in…

Where Should Supermoon Invest Next?

Supermoon Capital is a new venture capital fund focusing solely on sleep technology. The fund is looking to invest in startups through pre-seed and Series A rounds and has raised $36M so far. Supermoon’s existing portfolio includes…

Spotify Will Help You Sleep

Music streaming service Spotify has long used user data to power personalized playlists and recommendations, which increases user loyalty to the app and opens the company up for partnership deals and royalties. If you’re anticipating…

Whoop Grows Funding, Continues to Develop Sleep Tech

Wearables company Whoop had a patent application publish in August 2021 for tracking and managing sleep cycles by combining biometric data with calendar data. The application shows that the company is continuing to advance its sleep…

Contactless Sleep Tracking is Growing — Who’s Patenting?

Tech giants Google and Amazon have both been in the news for their interest in contactless sleep tracing using radar or infrared monitoring. Google has the stronger patent portfolio to support such products, thanks to its Soli chip and…

Samsung Updates Watch — No Surprise to Patent Forecast

After partnering with Google to jointly develop a wearables operating system, Samsung has released its latest smartwatch, which uses the new OS and which has updates to sleep tracking and other health-related functionalities. One of the…

When Will Casper Pivot to Temperature Control?

Casper, the direct-to-consumer bedding company that had a rocky IPO in 2020, is reporting strong numbers for Q2 2021, including 45% increased revenue year over year and retail partnership revenue growth of 79%. Casper is continuing to…

Amazon Wants to Watch You Sleep

In March of 2021, Patent Forecast highlighted that patent data predicted that Google would be developing an IR-based sleep detector almost a year before Google confirmed it with an FCC filing. The new Nest Hub integrates products from the…

Is Bose Reinvesting in Sleep Tech?

Bose has focused its consumer sleep technology on earbuds and other audio devices, which fits in with the company’s other products but which have not yet been widely adopted as sleep trackers. Nevertheless, Bose’s patent activity indicates…

Kryo Goes Pro

Kryo, Inc has partnered with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds to provide its ChiliSleep™ temperature-controlling sleep products, which include a mattress pad that can be controlled by a mobile app. The Seattle Mariners have been…

Be Prepared for Smart Bed Manufacturers to Go to the Mattresses

Patent Forecast® is predicting that smart bed manufacturers will soon begin filing patent infringement lawsuits against each other. Major smart bed manufacturers in the Consumer Sleep Technology sector include Sleep Number (91 patent…

Patents Show Apple Still Pursuing Mattress Tech

In 2017, Apple acquired Beddit, which makes a sleep tracking strip that is attached to a mattress. While the Apple Watch has a Beddit app for the trackers, they are certainly not among Apple’s most popular products. However, patents and…

Sleep Number Leads With 80 Patents; Still Has Space To Innovate

When it comes to consumer sleep technologies, not all mattress companies are created equal. Sleep Number is the most innovative mattress company in the space, with 80 patent assets that are mostly directed to smart mattresses with sensing…

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