AI designs first ‘smart’ mattress

A US-based company, Heka, has released the world’s first mattress designed by artificial intelligence (AI), which brings to life the fantasy of furniture adapting to body movement that has so far been depicted only in sci-fi movies.

The mattress can autonomously recognise and adapt itself to individual body shapes and postures in real time to offer the best support and comfort to its users.

The Heka AI mattress, which features the autonomous adaptation module AI Trackbot, has the ability to collect body pressure distribution data in real time, independently recognise body shapes and sleep positions, and calculate the optimal pressure distribution for sleep positions based on sleep medicine databases.

The AI Trackbot can independently recognize 160 million sleep models and calculate the optimal pressure distribution for every part of the body within 0.01 second.

The mattress will then make autonomous adjustments in mattress height and firmness for changing sleeping positions. Such functions ensure that the body stays properly aligned and properly supported during sleep.

According to statistics on 362 Heka early adopters from the medical institution, the average number of times tossing and turning throughout the night has decreased from 30 to 12, and average deep sleep has increased by more than 50%.

Moreover, 25 users with pain in the lumbar and cervical spine regions of the body realized effective pain relief after using the Heka AI mattress for a consistent period of time.

As a company providing high-end customized furniture for its members, Heka aims to bring greater mattress and sleep quality to users through the application of AI technologies.

Mr Rogan Smith, CMO of Heka, revealed, “The purpose of the AI Trackbot mattress project is to optimise healthy sleep and offer a luxury sleep experience to our members. The reason why we chose the AI Trackbot is that our research unveiled improper support is the major factor resulting in a poor night’s sleep.”

The Heka AI mattress has also been carefully constructed with superior materials and craftsmanship. The elasticity, softness, level of support, adaptability and durability have reached definitive perfection after testing more than 1,200 kinds of materials and over 1,700 different variations of craftsmanship.

The AI Trackbot was developed by iFutureLab, an institution mainly engaged in the research and development of AI medical treatments, Intelligent IoT, sleep medicine and precision sensing systems, and it is Heka who applied this technology to the mattress industry.

Rogan added, “The best furniture should be those that can autonomously adapt to people in consideration of the individual variation of different people’s body characters.”

Heka’s global pre-order campaign quotes prices ranging from US$ 10,000 to US$ 30,000. The company has already received orders from members of royal families, founders and chairmen of Fortune Global 500 and multinational companies.

A statistical report from ISPA shows that intelligent mattresses has occupied roughly 30% of the US mattress market share in recent years, and high-quality mattresses are in increasingly greater demand and achieving sustained growth.

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