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…

Is Philips Still Interested in Improving Sleep? Patents Say Yes.

Philips has consistently been one of the most active companies in Consumer Sleep patenting, second only to Fitbit in the past 10 years. However, Philips is not so well-known when it comes to products for tracking and improving sleep. Its…

Oura Leads Smart Ring Market. Fitbit Wants In.

Oura is the leading company when it comes to smart rings for consumer health. It raised $100M in early May of 2021 and has partnerships with numerous professional sports leagues. The ring has always been a product differentiator from…

Release Your Inner Snorlax with Nintendo’s New Patent

A lot of companies gamify health these days, using social media, movement rings, and weekly goals to promote healthier lifestyle choices. But when it comes to making sleep fun, who better to do that than Nintendo? The company received a…

Fitbit Enters the Snoring Market. Sorry Apple.

Developers noted in late May 2021 that Fitbit is planning on releasing a software update that will allow the wearables to track snoring. The features include noise detection and categorization to aid in the assessment of sleep. In rolling…

Kryo Expands Patent Portfolio

Half a year after merging with Ebb Therapeutics and raising $37M in funding, Kryo is further expanding its assets with five newly issued patents between April and May of 2021. The company is growing its portfolio by expanding into stress…

Samsung and Google Partner on Wearables, keep eye on Apple

Samsung and Google announced in May 2021 that they are partnering to develop one unified wearable software platform based on Google’s Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen. The new OS will be used for Samsung’s future Galaxy smartwatches, as well as…

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…

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