Research update | A first impression and a review

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Research update: a first impression and a review

After two months of die-hard developing and iterating to work towards a good testable prototype we finally managed to do this 2 weeks ago. After some thorough stress testing by the team, it was time to put it up to the test. Five lucky fans were chosen to sleep with our newest prototype for two nights, to get a first impression and give some feedback.

The prototype

We’ll handle the feedback later, first, we would like to tell you something about our newest prototype. As you might know, it’s quite important to have a silent bedroom when you’re trying to sleep. When the neighbors are watching a loud movie or playing music it can be really annoying. That’s why it’s so important that the sleep robot has to be very very silent. This was our biggest challenge, and after lots of prototyping, we finally managed to do this!

The results

So, what were the results of the first testing? Well, the first thing we noticed was that people didn’t know if the sleep robot was turned on or off when they had it in bed. It doesn’t seem like it, but this was actually really great news! This meant the noise the sleep robot made was so low, people couldn’t hear that it was on. Great!

But this meant some improvements were necessary as well, to let the user know the sleep robot is on. After each test sleeper, we decided to improve the prototype. So after the first one, we included lights to let the user know it’s breathing or not. Next, we improved the expansion of the breathing so you could feel it better, we changed the colors of the lights and we introduced music as well!

Aren’t we forgetting about something? Perhaps the most important thing: did they fall asleep faster? The answer is not a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for now. Because of the user interaction problems, in the beginning, we couldn’t conclude much about this topic. But what we see, after improvements, from the last few test sleepers is an upgoing line: a shorter time to fall asleep. Of course, the amount of test sleepers is not significant for now, but the first results are promising.

Review from a testsleeper

Marian, one of the testsleepers from last week, shares her experience with the Somnox sleep robot by the following review:

“Last week I got the chance to try out Somnox for 2 nights. I’m a very bad sleeper: falling asleep takes me an hour or longer most of the times and I wake up 3-4 times per night as well. So I was very curious if the Somnox could help me in some way.

After a clear instruction from Stijn, I set up the Somnox on a breathing frequency that felt comfortable for me. This was all easily done with the supplied smartphone. The Somnox felt quite heavy and firmly. First I thought this wouldn’t be pleasant, but it actually was. Due to its weight, the Somnox lays firmly on my mattress and it stays there. The shape is pleasant to hold. By tapping twice on the Somnox it turns on and I feel the breathing rhythm on my arms. This calms me down and I really fell asleep in 15 minutes. Magnificent!

So I wake up a few times per night, start to worry and then I want to turn on the Somnox again. But that didn’t work, the battery was empty, that was unfortunate. I think that at those moments I will fall asleep faster as well if Somnox would work through the night. I have given this as feedback to Stijn.

I’m curious for the further development of Somnox, if it’s on the market I’m interested for sure in buying one.”

In the upcoming weeks we’ll test with more and more lucky testsleepers and improve our prototype. If the prototype is totally user friendly and ready to rock, we’ll start the big testing round!

Stay up to date, follow our progress and maybe you’ll wake up with a robot one day!