Sleep, just like battery life, is something we all want and most of us probably don’t get enough of it. Unlike your phone’s battery, though, you actually NEED sleep to stay healthy, and in fact, less battery life may be better for our health! The “quantified self” movement has for some time now been obsessed with tracking sleep, but up until now, this has normally required either additional hardware or for you to literally sleep with your phone, but not any longer.
Enter Sonar from Sleep as Android. Announced today Sonar, as the Switzerland-based development studio have dubbed it, uses your phone’s microphone and speaker to track your sleep. How you may ask? Well, I’d say with sonar, by playing an audio tone just outside the audible range and then listening for the return sound, the team at Urbandroid have been able to create a 1 m distance motion tracker and then adapt that to track sleep, no wires, no additional hardware.
Check out their announcement video.
As someone who often doesn’t get enough sleep, the news doesn’t write it self you know, or often wakes up feeling unrefreshed I am very interested in sleep tracking but could never let myself sleep with my phone, now I don’t have to. I’ve reinstalled Sleep as Android and I’ll be taking it for a test.
For those unfamiliar with Sleep as Android, it is undoubtedly king of the Android sleep tracking category, with integrations with Google Fit, Google Drive (via a plug-in) for cloud sync data, Google Calendar, Tasker, IFTTT, Hue lights and more that I can list, it is a powerful tool based around your sleep. If you want an app to do something around getting to sleep, sleeping or waking chances are Sleep as Android has the feature you’re looking for.
If you want to try out Sonar or just the Sleep as Android app for yourself grab it on Google Play below.
Do you use Sleep as Android? Let us know what you like about it.