A drooping mannequin easily shows tiredness, while a standing one indicates wakefulness. Making the mannequin reflect the user’s sleepiness will draw more attention to it and hopefully encourage reflection on how tired they feel. It is our hope that this will result in improved sleeping patterns for the users.
The Healthy Sleep prototype is comprised of an Arduino board, a mannequin which represents your wakefullness and at least one accelerometer which will attach to the user’s mattress. Inspired from the Sleep Cycle app for the iPhone, the Arduino will detect when you are asleep or awake - then use this data to estimate your current wakefullness. The mannequin will be adjusted accordingly through the use of a pull-string on a motor or a piece of muscle wire.