Star Trek has inspired so many aspects of our digital culture, from cell phones to tablet computers. Much like Star Trek’s biobed, which could report a patient’s vital signs, the new SleepNumber x12 monitors your breathing and heart rate, and maps your movements in order to make suggestions on improving sleep quality. The tracking is called SleepIQ. It works like this: The bed monitors presence in bed, average breathing rate, movement, and average heart rate. Then it processes that info to give you and your partner your own SleepIQ score. Based on the score over time, your bed will recommend adjustments on how to get more zzzs. Not only that, but it will help you decide what changes you need to make during the day to get better sleep, too.
You can operate the x12 bed using a single universal remote or voice commands, along with the requisite apps on your mobile device. It’s $8,000 for a queen size SleepNumber x12, which will be available in about a month. That’s a lot to spend, but then again, as anyone with a sleep disorder knows, you can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep.