SleepScore's new app monitors sleep quality using soundwaves

By Dave Muoio
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SleepScore Labs — a joint venture between ResMed, Dr. Oz Media, and Pegasus Capital Advisors best known for its less, bedside sleep quality measurement device — has launched a new offering that relies only on the user’s smartphone.

The SleepScore App uses the phone’s speakers as a SONAR system by projecting inaudible soundwaves around the bedroom. Once these reflect off of the user’s sleeping body and are captured by the smartphone’s microphone, the app’s algorithms translate the readings into a one- to 100-point metric of sleep quality.

“Sleep affects all facets of people’s health, and yet there has been no easy way to accurately measure or track it everywhere we sleep — until now,” Colin Lawlor, CEO of SleepScore Labs, said in a statement. “We’ve been developing this technology longer than the iPhone has existed. We’re excited that for the first time, virtually everyone can get a truer picture of their sleep health for free and make smarter decisions about how to get a more restful night’s sleep.”

The app breaks down a user’s nightly sleep quality score within a number of different areas, such as total sleep and sleep cycle duration, time to fall asleep, and sleep interruptions. Those using the free version of the app will receive sleep quality tips, a seven-night sleep record, and discounted recommendations to SleepScore’s other products. Users who opt for the premium version, a $5.99 monthly subscription, will be given a more complete sleep history that can be shared with clinicians, more personalized sleep education and recommendations, and support for special challenge goals to drive sleeping health, among other features.

Both versions of the app are currently available on Apple’s App Store, with an Android version planned for release by the end of the month, according to SleepScore. The app serves as an alternative to the company’s SleepScore Max, a $149.99 device that similarly monitors a user’s sleep habits without the need for direct .

SleepScore Labs was first  during CES 2017 and highlighted on a Q2 2017 earnings call. In May, the joint venture picked up Roy J.E.M. Raymann, an Apple sleep team alumnus, as its vice president of sleep science and scientific affairs. Both of SleepScore’s offerings are built on ResMed’s proprietary technology, which backed by more than a decade of peer-reviewed research and validated against polysomnography, according to the company. 

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