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Kokoon, a smart sleep solution that combines bio-sensing headphones with smart algorithms to help you get a better night’s sleep, is officially launching in Canada through its distributor T&H Distribution Inc.
“Always-on technology is driving chronic problems with sleep,” says Tim Antos, founder of Kokoon. “Insomnia is now classified as a ‘public health epidemic’ by the CDC in the U.S. and in Canada, up to 25 per cent of the population is unhappy with their sleep. Each of us will, at some point in our lives, will experience struggles with sleep, be it that long uncomfortable flight or struggling to switch off after a busy, stressful day.”
Antos says he himself suffered from insomnia and found sessions at a sleep clinic to be beneficial. He created Kokoon as a more convenient, cheaper way to get access to the techniques he was introduced to at the sleep clinic.
“I wanted to make all this knowledge I learned in the sleep clinic more accessible to the everyday consumer to use on their own terms,” he explained.
Kokoon consists of both software and hardware that work together to help you switch off and calm your mind. The Kokoon app can be used for audio techniques, music, and coaching, all developed with the help of sleep professionals. Many of the techniques feature Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is typically considered to be the “gold standard” in treatment for insomnia.
Kokoon uses these audio techniques and delivers a customized content experience for the individual by using sensor data gathered from the headphones. For example, as you fall asleep with the headphones in bed, the sensors detect this and working with the mobile app can change the audio response, fading out the content and introducing white noise to mask out disturbances. Over time, the platform understands you better, and can personalize your app experience, through audio programmes and tips.
The first hardware product to work with Kokoon’s software solution and app are the Relax headphones, which have raised close to $2 million on Kickstarter. They employ the Flexmould Comfort patented design that help them mould to the shape of your head so they’re comfortable to wear. Thanks to the natural fibre fabric, air can flow easily through the ear cups as well, keeping your ears cool while you wear the headphones for long periods of time. The ear cushions can also be detached and washed so they are always fresh and clean. Kokoon’s noise-masking technology helps block noises like snoring and outside traffic.
In addition to wearing the headphones while sleeping, you can also use them as regular Bluetooth headphones offering premium acoustics from a 40mm electro dynamic driver.
The Kokoon Relax headphone is now available in Canada from Kokoon.io for $399 and ship with a carrying case.