Today I am going to take a look a slightly different product to what we normally review at Play3r – a sleep tracking system, dubbed the ResMed S+. ResMed is a renowned brand in the medical arena, having been founded in 1989 to produce products to aid sleep issues such as sleep apnoea. Now they are breaking into the consumer technology market with the S+, to improve the quality of our sleep by monitoring and tracking how we currently sleep, to then offer suggestions to help improve it.
We all know that a solid night’s sleep is incredibly beneficial to our well-being, so I am interested to test the S+ out, but first, what is the S+, and how does it work? Well, basically it has inbuilt motion sensors that can detect movement in the upper body. Clever algorithms in the software can closely monitor the regularity of your breathing and movement to determine what level of sleep you are in: Awake, Light, Rapid Eye Movement (REM) or Deep. The app assesses your sleep and provides you with a score out of 100. ResMed are so confident in the S+ that they say those with below average scores can increase their amount of quality sleep by 45 minutes after a week using of using it.
For those that have difficulty getting to sleep, or waking up, the ResMed S+ features a “Mind Clear”, “Relax to Sleep” and “Smart Alarm” function via the app, to aid a decent night’s sleep. Before I go into this further, let’s take a look at this interesting device.
ResMed S+ Closer Look
The reverse of the S+ is blank except for a micro USB port, which is required to power the device using the supplied PSU. ResMed have been thoughtful enough to include a spare USB port on the plug, so you can charge other devices with it, although it’s only rated at 800mA.