The Ultimate Sleeping Pod
While most YouTubers do a simple unboxing video of mattresses in exchange for a Casper sponsorship, the Hacksmith team had a better idea. They decided to go all out and take as much sleep-assist technology — and build the ultimate sleeping chamber — designed after a futuristic apocalypse style cryo-stasis pod of course!
Their main reasoning for building the pod? James’ obsession with time management.
In university he briefly experimented with polyphasic sleep, and successfully adopted a 4 hour sleep pattern spaced throughout the day known as the Everyman Sleep Cycle (3 hour core nap at night, plus three 20 minute naps throughout the day). This allowed him to focus on personal projects, catch up on his favorite tv shows and even play video games – all while studying engineering with over 40 hours of class per week.
It lasted a few months before the inconvenience of napping every 4 hours or so got to him. Now that he’s his own boss running a YouTube channel, he’s trying it again – but this time, with the convenience of an ultimate sleeping pod.
Some of the sleeping pod’s features include:
- Mattress sensor for recording sleep patterns
- A Casper memory foam mattress
- Climate control
- Built-in pillow speakers
- Automatic LED lighting
- Oxygen enrichment
- Sound-dampening foam insulation
- Slide-rail system for compact installation
- Weighted blanket
- Wireless control tablet
- External status light
The Centralized Automatic Sleeping Pod with Enhanced Revitalization (C.A.S.P.E.R.):
After the pod opens via a slide-rail system, the user can climb onto the bed and get comfortable. After lying down, the pod closes and the ultimate sleeping experience can begin. The temperature can be set to a comfortable level and the lights will fade in preparation for rest.
While the pod is soundproof and very quiet, wireless speakers built into the pillow play binaural beats which relaxes the user’s mind and encourages sleep. A weighted blanket provides gentle pressure to the body which can help produce serotonin, which naturally converts to melatonin – encouraging sleep. The addition of a biometric sensor onto the mattress ensures heart rate, breathing patterns, and motion during sleep is captured and evaluated giving the user further insight into their sleeping pattern.
By setting a smart alarm time-range, sensors in the pod can help determine when the user is in a light sleep phase, and wake accordingly to a simulated sunrise via the automated LED lighting — ensuring minimal grogginess when waking up. An oxygen enrichment system also releases a safe amount of oxygen during the wake up cycle which helps users wake up as refreshed as possible. Once awake, pressing a button opens the pod and the bed slides out.
Sleep analysis is then provided via your mobile device, or, from the pod’s built in tablet computer. Could this sleeping pod revolutionize how we sleep? Stay tuned on the Hacksmith channel to see what happens!
What would you do with an extra 4 hours per day?
EDIT: For those curious, the sleeping pod cost approximately $3,000 in materials ($1,000 in steel alone), not including the mattress or the labor to build it (a few people, 3+ weeks to build).
It’s best to use this project as inspiration as a concept, as opposed to trying to replicate it exactly. A much cheaper version could be made utilizing the same sleep tech and a regular bed (think old fashioned bed canopy style).