The Sense by Hello tracks your sleep and monitors the environment of your bedroom to help you achieve a more restful slumber.
Good looking device
Easy to set up
Fair price point
Intuitive app with lots pertinent data
Great customer service
Inconsistent connection to WiFi
Simplicity of product makes it difficult to troubleshoot
2 out of five stars – Sense is a sharp looking product (The baseball sized Sense on your nightstand and the postage stamp sized Pill which attaches to your pillow) with an amazing app but inconsistent sleep tracking and wifi connection keep this from being a must buy item.
$129.00 – Visit Sense at SproutUp for more information and to purchase
We spend almost a third of our lives sleeping yet spend so little time or thought about how to get the most effective rest each night. The Sense hopes to change that concept…
Simplicity is the goal with this device. The Sense by Hello looks like the Beijing National Stadium, the “Bird’s Nest” from the 2008 Summer Olympics. Its modern design would be a welcomed artistic addition to any nightstand, no matter your style. No touchscreen, no buttons…instead the main interactions are by tapping the Sense or through the app on your phone. The soft glow of the varied colored lights not only enhance the mood of the room but their main function is to give you the status of the Sense. Almost the opposite of logic, no light means it is working while a pulsating purple or red light means the device needs your attention. Get used to that pulsating purple light, though, as the Sense needs more of your attention than a clingy ex. While set-up takes mere moments as you pair your phone with the Sense, the Sense with your wireless and the Pill with your Sense, there is no constant connection between these four points. This would be satisfactory if you were able to pull data only when needed but without a constant connection, your sleep data gets lost and not even an incomplete portrait of rest can be compiled.
The Sense not only tracks your sleep but it also measures the environment in your bedroom to help you set the perfect atmosphere for rest. Temperature, Humidity, Noise & Light are not only measured but the app gives you advice on the right comfort zones for these measurements and tips on how to reach them.
It was great to see this information and know what I could change in the room to make it more sleep friendly. This alone could be worth the price of admission. Unfortunately, the main measurement, quality of sleep, is the least reliable of the bunch.
For the most part, I have a regular sleep schedule. I’m in bed around midnight, just after the late shows’ monologues and asleep shortly thereafter. I am usually up and starting my day between 7 and 8 in the morning. The accuracy of the sleep tracking of the Sense was all over the place. Some evenings it said I went to bed at 8p while others it said I went to bed at 330am. Also, it said I woke up at 5am or 6am. These were not at all close to the truth. Despite being a very sound sleeper, I do understand that the notes that state I moved around during my sleep may be attributed to my puppy who sleeps in the bed with me and tends to reposition herself during the night. Also, some of the data states that I went to bed, fell asleep then turned out the lights an hour or two later… all two hours before I actually entered the bedroom and went to sleep. The middle set of data during the night seems to accurately track my data but the overall set of data skews the accuracy of any sleep report. A sleep score is given for each night which is a nice way to compare sleep quality over multiple evenings but varied levels of accuracy make this comparison irrelevant.
Despite the “inconvenience” of having to press a button to activate the sleep tracking mode, I would recommend a Fitbit or Microsoft Band which tracks your sleep with decent accuracy AND tracks your fitness levels during the day. The one trick pony Sense can’t keep up with these products.
This device was lent to me by SproutUp on behalf of Hello for my review. All content and opinions are my own without any influence by Hello or SproutUp. Please contact me with any questions you may have about this device or the SproutUp program.