aXbo iSnooze – the next feature in digital sleeping

I’ve been writing a series of article about the amazing aXbo sleep phase alarm clock device for a while now:
aXbo Helps You Get the Sleep You Really Need,
The aXbo Sleep Experience, Part Due,
aXbo Single Edition: a new bedfellow to wake up with gently,
aXbo Sleep Phase Alarm Clock Gets a New Face

This time the aXbo introduces intelligent snoozing. The practical sleep phase alarm clock is not only true to its main promise to wake you from an optimal sleep phase but now for the first time also lets you snooze without stress – waking you for a second time from the right sleep phase and giving you a better start to the day. It is being launched in early 2011 – with a free upgrade for all existing aXbo users.

Like the aXbo sleep phase alarm clock’s waking function, the iSnooze is based on a specially developed algorithm that can work out which sleep phase you are in from your body movements measured by a movement sensor worn by the aXbo user in a comfortable wristband. The night before you just have to set the aXbo for if and how much you want to snooze. If it wakes you in the morning, the intelligent snooze function can be activated simply by pressing the sensor. For example: set your aXbo for 7AM. If aXbo detects an optimal sleep phase at 6:45, it will wake you then. With the new iSnooze function you can decide if you want to snooze a little longer. Depending on whether and how quickly you go back to sleep, it will wake you again within the next 30 minutes at the next optimal moment, say at 7:09AM.

Why snooze intelligently?
Boris Eis, the inventor of the first sleep phase alarm clock, rejected a classic snooze function for many years. “Classical snoozing, of the kind you get with your mobile phone, lasts between 5 and 9 minutes. The probability of being woken from an unsuitable sleep phase in such a short time span is very high and contradicts the purpose of having a sleep phase alarm clock to begin with.” A window of up to 30 minutes can be selected in order to let you be woken optimally even when you’re snoozing. “The window might seem unusually long, but the fact that, on average, you wake before the last set time combined with the fact that most people usually press the snooze button more than once makes everything relative,” explains Eis. – get your now. Software for Windows, MAC’s and Unix available for download.