As our editors can attest, having the beeper go off during deep sleep while on call is an unpleasant experience. Alarm clocks in general are insensitive to our sleep cycles. The WakeMate from Perfect Third, Inc. is a new device that attempts to sound reveille just when you’re most conscious. Essentially, it’s a wrist-worn accelerometer that measures how much you’re moving, and it sends the data to a cell phone. You set a 20 minute time frame when you’d like to wake up, and the device triggers the alarm within that period when it detects significant movement. Though the WakeMate supposedly works with all kinds of cell phones, it comes with an iPhone app that can provide sleep analysis to give you a better idea for what you do during all those unconscious hours.
From the product page:
Problem: Traditional alarm clocks wake you at a random point in your sleep cycle, leaving you feeling groggy. Solution: The WakeMate will analyze your sleep to find the optimal time for you to wake up. You will feel refreshed and energized every time you wake, even from naps! Problem: After sleeping, you may still feel tired – you’re getting poor quality sleep without realizing why. Solution: View a full analysis of your sleep on our Analytics Platform. You will receive personalized instructions on how to improve your sleep so you can have your best night’s sleep, every night.