Type:Physical Computing, Installation, Internet of Things
Sleep deprivation is a common issue all throughout the developed world, with as much as 50% of the adult population suffering from prolonged periods of sleep deprivation. The knock on effects of this trend are numerous and alarming - so much so that sleep deprivation has been considered a national health epidemic in the US since 2011. This alarming health trend is only getting worse, and is a significant contributor to a number of serious health issues putting pressure many healthcare systems throughout the world’ including diabetes, depression and heart disease. The AmbiSleep project is an investigation into how ambient and calm technology principles can be used to help people develop healthier sleeping patterns. The AmbiSleep prototype is a standalone system designed help people improve their sleep habits and quality of sleep. The system is based on ambient technology principles to fit seamlessly into the built environment, providing ambient cues via its Ambient Alarm that our modern way of life often disguises or ignores due to artificial light sources such as television screens and mobile devices. In providing ambient cues the system brings information to the peripheral awareness of users, empowering them to act upon the information as required, rather than demanding explicit attention that could cause stress or annoyance. AmbiSleep acts as a smart lamp and alarm in the bedroom, as well as gathering important environmental data such as light, heat and noise, thus giving users information they need to help ensure that their sleep goes undisturbed.