"Eighty million people in America suffer from insomnia," Julia Hu, the 28-year-old CEO and founder of Lark, told the Huffington Post. "We have cured it in a way that nothing has been able to, without drugs."
Lark is a wristband wirelessly connected with your smartphone that is designed to help you sleep better. "It's a silent alarm clock," Hu said. "It does tiny little tickles to nudge you awake. It's a wireless sleep monitor, and it's a personal sleep coach."
Hu got the idea after her fiancee, a bad sleeper, kept snoozing his alarm over and over again at 5 a.m. on Saturday, keeping her awake and making her grumpy. Those sleepless nights were her creative spark.
"Fast forward two months," says Hu. "We decided, wouldn't it be amazing if we could turn the top sleep experts into an automated program on your phone? And that was the real beginning of turning this into a product."
After a while, Lark became the official product of the National Sleep Foundation and began selling in Apple Stores.
Earlier on HuffPost:
The team at Central Standard Timing, based in Chicago, is going big by going small. In Vegas it showed off a flexible, extremely thin (0.8mm), lightweight (12g) watch with an e-ink display backed by stainless steel. Pictured is the CST-01 next to its "base station," which is both for charging and for setting the time, as the watch itself has no buttons to stay thin. Its battery lasts over 15 years and can be recharged (in just 10 minutes) 10,000 times. <strong>Can I Get It?</strong> Not yet. While <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1655017763/cst-01-the-worlds-thinnest-watch">they have far surpassed their Kickstarter pledging goal</a> of $200,000, CST still has a bit ahead of them before manufacturing. Shown here is a Design Validation Unit. <strong>Current Features</strong>: Super lightweight and thin, digital face. <strong>Battery Life</strong>: 1 Month
Made in Italy, "i'm Watch" is the iPhone of smartwatches. Or at least based on <a href="http://www.imsmart.com/en/store" target="_hplink">its website</a>, which looks eerily like <a href="http://www.apple.com/" target="_hplink">Apple's</a>, it wants to be. Its touchscreen lets you read emails and texts, receive reminders about appointments and answer calls. There's also i'music (over 6 million songs available with an annual subscription), i'm Cloud (update your i'm Watch remotely, even from your smartphone), and i'market (an app store with hundreds of apps). The watch connects to your phone via Bluetooth. <strong>Can I Get It?</strong> For sure! i'm Watch can be purchased <a href="http://www.imsmart.com/en/store">here</a>. <strong>Current Features</strong>: Speakerphone, reads SMS and email, appointment alerts, out-of-range alert, app store, fitness tracking features, music subscription, cloud services, social-media alerts, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi. <strong>Battery Life</strong>: Without Bluetooth connection: 48 hours With Bluetooth connection: 24 hours Talk time with speakerphone: 3 hours Time for other uses: 5 hours
Engineers in the U.S. and Hong Kong, industrial designers in Europe and a manufacturing team in China make up ConnecteDevice Ltd.'s dream team that's created Cookoo. The Cookoo has a command button that you can customize for actions like checking in on Facebook, tagging your location on the Cookoo app's map or remotely activate your phone's camera to take a picture. The Cookoo uses Bluetooth to connect with iPhones and iPads. <strong>Can I Get It?</strong> Yes! You can buy it <a href="https://store-ca36a.mybigcommerce.com/" target="_hplink">here</a>. <strong>Current Features</strong>: Incoming/missed call alerts, calendar reminders, text and email alerts, out-of-range alerts, social-media alerts, low-battery alert. <em>Battery Life</em>: Not rechargeable battery - standard replaceable CR2032 battery
Developed in Denmark, the Leikr is a GPS sports watch that aims to deliver "the best training device an athlete could desire." It was created by a team of ex-Nokia engineers passionate about sports and outdoor activities. On it's 2-inch high-res screen you can track your location on a map and have your pace, speed, heart rate, distance, calorie consumption and elapsed workout time neatly displayed in a six-tile spread. Wirelessly sync workout plans or running or cycling routes straight to your Leikr watch through both Endomondo (an online sports community based on GPS-tracking) and Leikr's websites. Your Leikr will lead you through the work out as well as providing real time feedback. <strong>Can I Get It? </strong>The Leikr team has yet to meet <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/903141699/leikr-the-new-danish-designed-gps-sports-watch?ref=home_location">their Kickstarter goal</a>, so not yet. <strong>Current Features</strong>: Vibrating alerts, GPS, maps, personal coach function, fitness-tracking features, Bluetooth, Endomondo. <strong>Battery Life</strong>: Active mode: 6 hours Idle mode: 24 hours
Based in Palo Alto, Calif., the Pebble Technology team have successfully Kickstarted <a href="http://www.getpebble.com/" target="_hplink">a sleek, customizable-in-every-which-way watch</a>. You can choose from a variety of watch faces and make use of fitness, music and social apps. Feel free to tinker with (or disable all of the) various notification settings for incoming caller ID, email and calendar alerts and social-media alerts. The Pebble can even be customized with <a href="ifttt.com" target="_hplink">the coding service IFTTT</a>. <strong>Can I Get It?</strong> Not just yet, but the Pebble is available for preorder <a href="http://www.getpebble.com">here</a>. <strong>Features</strong>: Customizable watch faces, incoming caller ID, reads SMS and email, speakerphone, appointment alerts, out-of-range alert, app store, fitness-tracking features, music player, cloud services, social-media alerts, Bluetooth. <strong>Battery Life</strong>: 7 Days
The latest product of Irvine, Calif.-based Martian Watches is the Martian voice command watch, which lets users interact with their in-pocket phones through voice communication. Phones connect via Bluetooth to the Martian, which vibrates when receiving an incoming call and can reject a call with a wrist-shake. The "Martian Leash" option lets you know when you forget your phone somewhere. As for more advanced functions, the Martian works with the voice command on iPhone or Android. Of course, you also receive incoming text vibration alerts and social media or email notifications as well. The Martian voice command watch comes in a variety of collections and colors. <strong>Can I Get It?</strong> Estimated to be shipped in February or March of 2013, these <a href="http://store.martianwatches.com/">Martian watches are now available for preorder</a>. <strong>Current Features</strong>: Vibrating alerts, incoming-call alerts, out-of-range alert, speaker, noise-canceling microphone, voice command, social-media alerts, Bluetooth. <strong>Battery Life</strong>: Talk time: 2 hours Standby time: 7 days Analog clock (separate battery): 2 years
WearIT Sports Watch
Italian company Si14's WearIT is an open Android smart watch. Intended to have the look and feel of a sports watch, WearIT is meant to help monitor health and wellness, and is also geared towards personal and social gaming. With features like CardioMap for exercise, hiking maps, compass, music player, downloadable games and social-media browsing, WearIT might be a game-changing sports watch. <strong>Can I Get It?</strong> Not quite yet! <a href="www.si14.com/wearit">The WearIT</a> showcased at CES was a non-functioning prototype, so current features and battery life are unavailable.