Purple Innovation is Boosting R&D. We Have Suggestions

Purple Innovation is the creator of the Purple mattress, as well as a number of other cushioned products. The company has a large number of patents for its mattress materials, which include gels and elastomers. This portfolio has…

Forget Smart Watches – Oura Has A Smart Ring AND $100M

Finnish wearable company Oura has announced in May 2021 a $100M Series C funding round led by the investment arm of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The support is unsurprising considering the companypartnered with the NBA, WNBA,…

Oura Raises $100M, Expands Patent Filings

Finnish wearable company Oura has announced in May 2021 a $100M Series C funding round led by the investment arm of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The support is unsurprising considering the company partnered with the NBA, WNBA, NASCAR, and the…

StimScience Raises Seed Funding, Sows Patents Early

California-based startup StimScience announced in April of 2021 that it had raised $6M in seed financing and is developing a consumer brain stimulation device to improve sleep. When it comes to sleep monitoring, the field is dominated by…

Casper Finally Relying on IP After Disappointing IPO

E-commerce mattress company Casper Sleep has had its fair share of ups and downs in the past two years. The startup raised over $300M in funding and was valued at $1.1B before announcing its IPO in January of 2020. Shortly after going…

Softbank Sees Opportunity in Eight Sleep and its Patents

Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group International is investing $100M in multiple Miami-based startups, and patents may be a factor in its decisions. The latest recipient of a portion of SoftBank's Opportunity Fund is Eight Sleep, which…

SoftBank Invests in Eight Sleep. Its 28 Patents Sweetened the Deal.

Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group International is investing $100M in multiple Miami-based startups, and patents may be a factor in its decisions. The latest recipient of a portion of SoftBank's Opportunity Fund is Eight Sleep, which…

Philips and Beter Partner Up. Who’s Really Bringing the Tech?

Dutch bedding company Beter Bed announced in April that it would be partnering with Philips to develop "high-tech solutions" to measure and improve quality of sleep. While this partnership may seem equal, the patent data shows that Philips…

Apple Wakes Up in the Sleep Sector; Causes Insomnia for Competitors

In most markets Apple is considered the 900-lb gorilla. But in our Patent Forecast® Sleep Sector, Apple is nothing more than a sleeping gorilla.  They have a major advantage in this industry, which is their Apple Watch. Maybe now they are…

How Can Mattress Firm Afford All Its Stores? Saving Money on Patents?

There are so many Mattress Firm stores everywhere that there are even conspiracy theories about the retailer. However, maybe the company should be investing in patents. Its new competitors are tech innovators including Bryte, Eight Sleep,…

Patent Forecast® Predicted Google’s Foray into Sleep Monitoring

The latest Nest Hub from Google includes remote sleep monitoring technology that was described in a patent filed almost a year before product release. We discussed that patent in January of 2021, when we noted that Google may be…

New Patent Suggests Microsoft Only Hit Snooze on Sleep Detection

Microsoft once had a short-lived series of wearables - the Band, and the Band 2 - that sold from 2014 to 2016. By early 2019, the company ended all support for the fitness trackers, essentially exiting the market. But patent data suggests…

Is Panasonic planning to enter the Consumer Sleep sector?

Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic has never been known for sleep tracking products. But the company has been steadily patenting in Consumer Sleep since 2015. While its earlier filings aligned with its product portfolio — lighting…

What’s Panasonic Planning?

Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic has never been known for sleep tracking products. But the company has been steadily patenting in Consumer Sleep since 2015. While its earlier filings aligned with its product portfolio — lighting…

Sleep Number Eyeing Temperature Control

What does Sleep Number have up its sleeve? The company recently reported a net sales increase of 9% in 2020 despite the pandemic's effects on consumer spending. It was then rated a "strong buy" by the Zacks ranking system based on future…

Who Will Bridge the Gap between VR and Sleep?

Virtual reality (VR) company Future World Studios has just had a patent application publish detailing a VR system for helping users sleep. The company specializes in using VR in medicine, offering solutions for clinicians as well as…

Bose Moving Quietly in Consumer Sleep

Audio electronics manufacturer Bose has never been a leader in consumer sleep technologies. Its Sleepbuds II earphones, which were re-launched in late 2020 after the first edition was discontinued due to hardware issues, play tracks to…

Future Looks Bryte with Patents

Smart mattress startup Bryte has just raised $24M in Series A funding led by ARCHina Capital. The company, which was founded in 2016, has developed a mattress that uses sensor data and artificial intelligence to adjust temperature,…

Speculation about Google’s Newest Device – What do the Patents Say?

In a previous insight, we pointed out that Google filed two sleep patents in 2020 after a year and a half of inactivity in the sector. The move was interesting given Google's acquisition of Fitbit, which is the largest assignee in Consumer…

Babylon Partners Ventures into Sleep – What’s Next?

UK-based digital health platform Babylon Partners is best known for its remote medicine platform, which includes patented and peer-reviewed artificial intelligence-aided diagnostics. In December of 2020, the company won its second grant…

Kryo Merges With Ebb, New Picture Emerges in Consumer Sleep

Consumer sleep companies Kryo and Ebb have merged under Kryo management and raised $37 million in new funding. The two companies both focus on regulating temperature for better sleep, with Kryo's ChiliSleep cooling bedding and Ebb's…

Fitbit Slows on Sensor Development. Can Samsung Catch Up?

Fitbit has always been a leader in consumer sleep technology. The company's large patent portfolio (149 published documents in the last five years) is what made it such an attractive target for Google, which is close to closing the $2.1B…

Samsung’s Patents May Take a Bite Out of Apple

Electronics giant Samsung is leaving a paper trail that gives a preview of what we may see in the company's newest wireless earbuds. An FCC filing at the end of November names the Galaxy Buds Pro and includes a schematic of the Bluetooth…

Is Google Fit Still Relevant?

Technology giant Google is known for many things, but wearable technology is not one of them. Still, Google's Wear OS (operating system), which integrates with the Google Fit app, is used by many smartwatch companies including Fossil and…

No Nightmares on Apple Street

In November 2020, the FDA approved an app from Nightware that claims to detect and stop nightmares using the Apple Watch®. The app senses a nightmare using the watch's accelerometer, gyroscope, and heart rate monitor, converting these…

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