What is Bose Up To?

Surprisingly absent from Bose’s sleep products page is a sleep system for altering a user’s breathing pattern. It can be found on Bose’s recent patent publication for a “Dynamic Target Rate for Guided Breathing.” Here’s a representation of…

HoneyNaps The Next Contactless Sleep Solution?

In the middle of February 2022, Patent Forecast highlighted some major players in contactless sleep tracking - Google and Resmed. It looks like there may be another competitor entering the space in the near future. HoneyNaps, a South…

Resmed Is Trouble For Google

Google had FOUR patent applications published in the middle of February 2022. Each patent application was directed to contactless sleep tracking and filed on the same day. These applications are related to Google’s Nest Hub. Interestingly,…

Casper Sleep Means Business

In December of 2019, Patent Forecast highlighted Casper Sleep’s patent publication for a temperature-regulating mattress that included dual-zone heating and cooling temperature regulation using air. In February 2022, the…

Where Do Olympians Sleep? In Un-Patented Sleep Pods

Not only is the Olympics a display of high-flying athletes, but it’s also a display of hi-tech. Keeson Technology has provided sleep cabins for the Olympics. The sleep cabins provide a place for journalists to work and rest and are…

Comcast Enters the Sleep Sector – Partners Anyone?

Comcast Communications was issued its second patent for enhancing a user's sleep cycle. Unfortunately, just like the parent application, the patent is only directed towards method claims. Generally, method claims are harder to enforce than…

Is Ergomotion Vulnerable?

In January 2022,  Ergomotion announced its new specialized systems including (1) Quest 4.0, (2) Quest Zone, (3) ErgoSportive, (4) Dawn House, (5) Quest 2.5, and (6) Quest Connect. All of these various systems are generally directed towards…

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…

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