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Pillow Talk lets you fall asleep to the sound of your loved one’s heartbeat

This wearable device lets you feel your loved one next to you, even when you’re far away.

Although Apple Watch users can share their heartbeats to friends via their wrist, UK startup Little Riot has taken the idea a step further by unveiling a wearable device that lets you stream the sound of your heartbeat to a loved one’s pillow. 


Let’s face it, long-distance relationships and constantly being on the road can be tough. Fortunately, the aptly named Pillow Talk system is designed to give two people the ability to experience each other’s presence in a much more intimate way, regardless the miles apart. The kit is comprised of three things: a wristband, a speaker and an accompanying app. Each person has a wristband that they wear to bed at night and a small speaker (that plugs directly into your smartphone) that they place under their pillow. The wristband picks up your real-time heartbeat and transmits it to the other person over the web, while the app works its magic in the background. That sound is then emitted from the speaker, bringing a smile to your face.

The idea for such a product was first conceived by founder Joanna Montgomery back in 2010 while still a student at Dundee University. Some may find it to be a gimmick, while others may see the gadget as a unique expression of love. In any case, it didn’t take long before Pillow Talk’s original Arduino-powered prototype went viral online and spark the interest of more than 50,000 people on its growing waiting list — let alone a couple hundred of backers now on Kickstarter.


Montgomery, who herself is in a long-distance relationship, has grown tired of typing messages on tiny screens and scheduling uninterrupted video calls. So, channeling her Maker spirit, set out to find a mode of communication that would enable you to feel your special someone’s presence. While it initially began as a project for couples, Pillow Talk has proven to be unexpectedly popular with other family members and people from all walks of life, living situations and careers, especially those serving in the military and frequent business travelers. Beyond that, such a platform could also take off with students with boyfriend or girlfriends studying at different universities. The possibilities are endless!

One notable difference of Pillow Talk when compared to other conventional wearable devices on the market today is that it’s not a fitness or sleep tracker, nor does it try to be. Instead, it’s focused around bringing two users closer. Besides keeping in touch with loved ones, Pillow Talk boasts several other benefits as well. These include improving sleep with the soothing sound of a heartbeat and having a peace of mind knowing that your significant oner is safe and well.


In terms of the equipment, the wearable is comprised of soft, comfortable fabric and is embedded with a removable heart rate sensor for easy charging of the module and washing of the wristband. The unit is equipped with Bluetooth Smart connectivity and sophisticated signal processing for reliable heart rate detection. Meanwhile, its companion speaker can be used without the soft top for a deeper, louder sound, or with it, for use inside pillowcases or just to cradle in your hands.

Want to feel closer to someone who’s sleeping somewhere else? Head over to Pillow Talk’s Kickstarter campaign, where Montgomery and the Little Riot team are seeking $113,031. The wearable comes in two different colors — heart red and beat blue — with more options in the works. Delivery is slated for May 2016.

38 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we take a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days. 

PowerUp FPV


This first-of-its-kind paper airplane drone is equipped with a livestreaming camera so you can experience flight as if you were sitting in the cockpit. PowerUp Toys is about to double its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter.

Auroma Brew


This coffee machine learns your taste preferences over time and adjusts brewing parameters to craft a cup ‘o joe perfectly tailored to you. Auroma Brewing Company is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This home entertainment hub seamlessly connects all of your devices and livestreams entertainment to your friends and family. CASTbyGENII has well surpassed its $50,000 goal on Kickstarter.



This unit plugs into your DSLR or mirrorless camera’s USB port, enabling you to capture photos, time lapse and video remotely from your smartphone. Kris Cheng has stormed right past his $50,000 goal on Kickstarter.



This set of small nodes form a radio-frequency sensing web that travels through walls and furniture to detect and locate people inside your home. XANDEM is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.

Silent Partner


This lightweight, compact and non-intrusive smart patch elegantly tackles snoring. Netanel Eyal is currently seeking $40,000 on Indiegogo.



This router covers your home with a strong, reliable Wi-Fi signal using wireless mesh, and boasts a new layer of security for your smart devices such as webcams and thermostats. Innovation Labs is currently seeking $650,000 on Indiegogo.



This pair of Bluetooth buds mold to the unique shape of your ears in 60 seconds. Revols has already exceeded its goal of $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This global array of network-connected monitoring stations is focused on continuous environmental surveillance with hopes of increasing awareness on pollution and improving your well-being. Radu Motisan is currently seeking $10,000 on Indiegogo.



This modular robotics kit lets Makers explore android and human interactions. Robomodix is currently seeking $125,000 on Kickstarter.

Alpha 2


This intelligent, interactive and expandable humanoid is ready to become the next member of your family. James Chow has nearly quadrupled his $100,000 Indiegogo goal.



This nifty device prints pictures, art, emojis and images directly onto your fingernails in less than five seconds via your smartphone. Preemadonna is currently seeking $150,000 on Indiegogo.



This sensor-laden gadget allows you to create and download a multitude of IoT applications, which range from controlling the temperature of your home to monitoring your business after-hours. AdMobilize is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This collection of four connected devices help you find your most frequently lost items using its accompanying mobile app. Philippe Starck is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.



This tiny unit can turn a child’s cuddly toy into a smart companion. SMARTY CREW is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.

Pillow Talk


This wearable enables you and your loved one to experience each other’s presence by sending the sound of your real-time heartbeat to a speaker under your partner’s pillow. Little Riot is currently seeking $113,031 on Kickstarter.

Turris Omnia


This gadget is more than just a router, it’s an open source center of your home. CZ.NIC has already reached its $100,000 goal on Indiegogo.

Mandala Drum V3 System


This platform replicates the sounds, strike sensitivity and dynamics of any acoustic drum. Mandala Drum is currently seeking $150,000 on Indiegogo.



This small robotic camera is packed with auto-tracking abilities to keep you safe. Amaryllo International is currently seeking $1,000 on Indiegogo.



This all-sufficient computer analyzes vehicle data and a driver’s behavior, then sends the information to a personal cloud account for storage and visualization. UonMap is currently seeking $22,643 on Kickstarter.

G Printer


This compact, unique UV DLP 3D printer allows you to build objects without the need for a PC or network. G Printer is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.



This open source computer will secure your data and self-erase if tampered with. Design SHIFT is currently seeking $175,000 on Kickstarter.



This beautifully-constructed aluminum MacBook dock provides a USB Type-C charging port, four USB slots and a MiniDisplay jack. Branch USB has reached its $25,000 goal on Kickstarter.



This smartwatch for athletic and everyday activities comes in vibrant colors along with a music player, a heart rate monitor, GPS and messenger capabilities. Number One is currently seeking $80,736 on Kickstarter.

Pixel Vision


This handmade, portable game system is made from solid walnut and emulates classic consoles like the NES, Atari 2600 and Game Boy. Love Hultén is currently seeking $46,112 on Kickstarter.



This personal and affordable pollution monitor helps you breathe cleaner, healthier air. Atmotube is currently seeking $52,000 on Indiegogo.



This Arduino-compatible smart display combines a 32-bit MCU with a color OLED screen and a microSD slot. Rabid Prototypes is currently seeking $5,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart bottle tracks your water consumption, compiles your heath data and keeps you hydrated. Moikit is currently seeking $30,000 on Kickstarter.



This hybrid, solar-powered rechargeable battery pack and slim case fits your iPhone and never runs out of power. JUS has achieved its $42,741 goal on Indiegogo.

Selfie Mirror


This smart mirror takes body length photos without having to hold a phone in your hand. Selfie Mirror is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This bedside gadget is proven to help you fall asleep and improve the quality of your slumber. SleepCogni is currently seeking $105,356 on Kickstarter.

Skulpt Chisel


This accessory measures your body fat and muscle quality, providing you with tailored fitness advice for optimal workouts. Skulpt is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.

iTouch ID


This super small fingerprint scanner protects your laptop, computer and tablet from any unauthorized users behind the solid wall of hardware and reliable software. iTouch ID is currently seeking $47,878 on Kickstarter.



This veterinarian-designed tracker gives you peace of mind while your feline friend wanders about their world. GPTracks UG is currently seeking $42,965 on Kickstarter.



This toy encourages children to connect cubes together and bring them to life, while learning electronics in a fun and simple way. iQube is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This sensor-connected motor snaps onto your existing LEGO vehicles and pairs with its mobile app, putting control in the palm of your hand. Meeper Technologies is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.

Pocket Party


This pocket-sized, expandable Bluetooth speaker brings together incredibly powerful and bass-enhanced sound with a music-synced light show. 7×24 Technologies Inc. is currently seeking $15,000 on Indiegogo.

Ocean Swipe 360


This patented robot cleans all four aquarium walls while avoiding obstacles and maneuvering around corners. Mark Haussman is currently seeking $60,382 on Kickstarter.

Did you happen to miss last week’s notable campaigns? If so, you can check them out here.