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March 7, 2010 / davebirss

Generating data while I sleep

I’ve got a new favourite iPhone app. It’s called Sleep Cycle and it’s a data junkie’s wet dream of an app.

You set your alarm before you go to bed and place your iPhone beside your pillow. During the night it uses the accelerometer to measure your movements, collecting data on your sleeping pattern. Then it gently wakes you up when you’re in a light stage of sleep.

You can see your sleep patterns for each night on a chart. (That’s how I slept last night at the top of the post.) I’m looking forward to seeing how my pattern changes once I get home and start going to bed sober.

Yawn.

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  1. jonbains / Mar 9 2010 9:49 am

    tried it a few months ago when it appeared – being a bit of an odd sleeper

    it’s got a couple of fundamental problems (which may not be a problem to many 😉

    1) You may be awake but it means your iphone tends to be dead in the morning

    2) Doesn’t work terribly well if you’ve got somebody sleeping next to you!

    Brilliant idea tho’!

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