REMzen’s intelligent mask is like a sleep lab that you can bring home.
Did you know that more than 70 million Americans suffer from diagnosable sleep illness? And making matters worse, this statistic increases every year with the proliferation of more and more sleep disruptors in our lives. That’s because, up until the advent of artificial lighting, the sun was the primary source of lighting. This, of course, meant that people spent their nights in much darker settings.
But thanks to today’s mobile gizmos and gadgets, much our evenings are now illuminated. Blue wavelengths, which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times and mood, seem to be the most disruptive in the evening. And the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, continues to increase our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown, thereby causing a disruption to our internal clocks.
As a way to help solve this problem, Oregon startup REMzen has developed a solution that they call RZ|X1, an intelligent sleep mask that doesn’t just help ease you into lucidity and track your slumbers but serves as an alarm clock as well. The RZ|X1 wakes you up naturally using spectral light therapy, at just the right moment in your sleep cycle to minimize grogginess and sleep inertia. In other words, it provides your body with the missing link to the sun, so you can reap the benefits of a properly regulated sleep cycle.
Additionally, the RZ|X1 monitors the quality of your sleep through REM-cycle analysis. While there are other wearable products on the market today that measure the length of shut-eye, this mask goes well beyond that by keeping tabs on many of the same biological signals that are studied in professional labs. This data is then sent to whichever computer is synced to the device.
With full access to your raw and processed sleep data, wearers can easily discover how to get the best possible sleep and run their own algorithms, and in conjunction with the smart alarm, be awoken on the right side of the bed every day — no more morning misery!
Based on an ATmega32U4 MCU, the RZ|X1 is powered by a fully-rechargeable battery and features a graphical user interface for setting the alarm and viewing sleep analysis. Sound like something you’d like to have at night? Check out REMzen’s CrowdSupply page, where the team is currently seeking $15,000. The first batch of masks are expected to begin shipping in October 2015.