Bad sleep patterns are a common plague. Regardless of the reason – irregular working hours, jet lag, insomnia – they make us wish there was a magical device that would fix our sleeping problems. Neuroon is a smart sleeping mask with biometric sensors that, while not magical, does exactly that. It is the flag product of Intelclinic, an engineering studio specializing in A.I. technologies and processing of biological signals.
Intelclinic was founded by Kamil Adamczyk, Chris Chojnowski and Janusz Fraczek in January 2013. One year later, the company has launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising about $500k and reaching their goal in 24 hours. It was also recognized the best startup of the year 2013 by LeWeb.
Adamczyk, the current CEO of Intelclinic, is a medicine and neuroscience aficionado. He was named one of three most creative Polish entrepreneurs by Brief in 2012. He has also been recognized the founder of the year in Global Impact Competition in 2014 at Singularity University. Frączek, the CTO of Intelclinic, is a PhD electronics student, specializing in biological signals acquisition.
Neuroon has multiple features. First of all, it monitors your sleep by tracking parameters such as pulse, body temperature, eye movement and even brainwaves. It saves detailed reports in an accompanying app. The accuracy of collected data reaches 94%. As these analytics allow for recognizing the phases of sleep, Neuroon can wake you up when your sleep phase is at its lightest point. The mask fills up with light simulating natural dawn. If this is not enough for you, it can add vibrations and audio alarm from your phone.
The next features of Neuroon are directly connected to irregular sleeping patterns. Basing on the data obtained by the mask, the app recommends a plan to adjust your sleep cycle to your hectic schedule. It also helps to fight off jet lag – it creates a sleeping plan to minimize the effects of time zone change. To top things off, the mask encourages you to take power naps during the day to reduce the night sleeping time. Neuroon recommends best times to nap basing on collected data and lets you design and program your own nap.
This is not the end of Neuroon’s possibilities, though. The team works hard on implementing the next exciting feature – support for lucid dreaming. The mask will be able to increase the probability of lucid dreaming by creating light, vibration and acoustic stimuli during the REM phase.
Neuroon has made a long journey. The initial idea presented on Kickstarter put the emphasis on polyphasmic sleep – sleeping multiple times during the day in short intervals. The current version does not support it, but gives the users many other functions in return. Was it a good decision? Only time – and customers – can tell.