These days, it seems like everything is becoming “smart,” including a bunch of things that don’t need to be. Since the notion first occurred to someone that a device could become either Web-enabled or microprocessor controlled, it seems that just about everything is now being built that way by somebody.
Don’t get me wrong – there’s a lot of room for improvement in the world of, well, just about everything. Some ideas, however, seem a bit silly, like the smart padlock that I recently saw at Home Depot. You can open it with your smartphone, but you can’t use it outdoors. It was expensive, and frankly, didn’t look all that sturdy, which is usually the first thing you want in a padlock.
That aside, the Zeeq Smart Pillow might actually be an OK idea. I don’t know that the world actually needs a smart pillow, but since the device manages to combine the functions of several things that you may already have in your bedroom – an alarm clock, a radio/music player, and a pillow, this one might not be a bad idea.
The Zeeq originated as a Kickstarter project and apparently did well at the funding stage. In fact, it’s now available for retail sale, though at the moment, it’s only available in the UK.
What does the Zeeq Smart Pillow do? For starters, it is said to be a very comfortable pillow, which is always a plus if you’re trying to sleep. It’s also impressive if you’re talking about something upon which you’re going to rest your head, given that it has all kinds of gadgets inside of it. If they can load it with hardware and still keep it comfortable, then we’re all the better off for it.
What kind of gadgets are inside?
- A programmable music player. There are 8 speakers inside the pillow, and you can set the timer so the music plays for a predetermined amount of time. It connects to your smartphone via an app, so you can feed it music from the source of your choice.
- A snore alarm. A built in microphone triggers the pillow to gently vibrate when you’re snoring, which may encourage you to roll over to a different position without being awakened.
- Sleep analysis. The Zeeq connects to your smartphone and keeps track of your sleep data as well as your Snore Score.
- A smart alarm. The Zeeq keeps track of your sleep and awakens you at the proper time in your sleep cycle. At least, that’s what they say…
- Comfort. This pillow has a foam outer shell and removable memory foam clusters
- Two week battery life. That’s impressive in a world where most smart devices have to be recharged on a daily basis.
- Tencel fabric. This material is washable and is said to be naturally bacteria resistant.
Honestly, I don’t know if anyone needs a smart pillow, but you likely already have an alarm clock and a music player and a pillow in your room. If you travel, you could take the Zeeq with you and have all of your bases covered with just one gadget.
There is a downside, of course, and that’s the price. New technology never comes cheaply, and that’s certainly the case here. While the original stated price for the Zeeq was £249, it’s now available for £199, which is a bit over $200 for those of use who pay in dollars.
Expensive? Yes, it is. Necessary? Not really. Useful? Perhaps. The snore monitor may be useful, and if the smart alarm works as it’s supposed to, waking you at the proper time in your sleep cycle, then you may be a lot less groggy in the morning.
I don’t know if the Zeeq Smart Pillow is really necessary, or if anyone really needs a smart pillow at all. But the music feature is nice, and the whole thing makes a lot more sense than the smart padlock does.
The Zeeq is available here.