A French start-up named Rythm unveiled its connected headband supposed to improve the quality of deep sleep. It is the story of two students who in 2014 launched their start-up dedicated to the development of an unusual project: Dreem. If for some it is an uphill battle in the development of connected devices dedicated to the welfare which risks very quickly to finish to the waste bin of development, while some have made some substantial contribution to the funding of this startup. Though it might take some time before this device can join in the league of the best noise cancelling headphones for sleep, the race has started.
The INSEE figures are clear: French sleep less than before and one person in three suffers from sleep disorders. Strengthened by this observation and the risks associated with the lack of deep sleep, the start-up Rythm has developed a connected headband to improve the quality of sleep. Supervised and supported by neuroscience researchers from the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute as well as Pitié-Salpêtrière sleep doctors, the teams have worked to achieve an effective solution that collects and analyzes data related to the good -be. While its lines are reminiscent of orthodontic helmets, it would seem that the Dreem ensures a real comfort of use.
About The Project
The concept of Dreem is based on a system of algorithms and electronic sensors that can analyze the electrical activity of the brain. Deep sleep generates better recovery, the bandage analyzes the phases of deep sleep, in the same way as an electro-encephalogram headphone, and stimulates the brain so that the subject sleeps less, but more deeply. For this, Dreem emits “pink noises”, which are none other than small stimulation sent at the appropriate frequencies. The headphones emit sounds by bone conduction, so that the user is the only one to feel them. From the dedicated application, the user can follow the evolution of the quality of his sleep and observe the state of his cognitive performance. Otherwise, It is possible to set the headset so that it wakes up its user gently. Good thing, Dreem does not emit any waves during the night. If the user wishes, he can wake up, connect his headset to his smartphone in Bluetooth to collect the data.
Two years after its creation, the company has already raised 10 million euros and now counts 60 people between Paris and San Francisco. Recently, the headphone is marketed at the price of 349 €. It would seem, however, that the price to pay for a product presents itself as formidably effective. If it is not possible to assess its virtues and long-term effects, it will be necessary to test their effectiveness.