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Why Julian Jagtenberg Founded Somnox A Sleep Robot

20 Minute Fitness Episode #66

This week we have the pleasure to introduce you to a very ambitious and knowledgable young engineer from the Netherlands. Julian who knows the ins and outs of sleep has started to work on Somnox, the world’s first sleep robot about 5 years ago. Today he shares all he’s learnt about sleeping patterns and the reasons that cause sleeping issues during these 5 years of trying to build the best possible solution to insomnia.

Listen on to hear how a simple university project has grown into Somnox, a product that has the potential to improve the sleep of millions worldwide!

Three Things You Will Learn

1) The Development of Somnox

Julian has always been fascinated by robotics. However, the projects that he had worked on before didn’t give him the full satisfaction, as he sort of felt that they had no real purpose. Therefore, he decided to build something that could tackle the issue of many people around the world, including her mom, which was insomnia. He started to work on the project with his university mates first and went through a number of iterations.

Press play and listen to the exciting evolution of Somnox from the size of a big dog to its much smaller current form of a pillow!

2) Somnox Is Not Something But Someone

The sleep industry has been booming in the past couple of years. We have seen everything from gravity blankets to sleep trackers and smart mattresses. But Somnox is definitely something new. It’s the first-of-its-kind sleep robot that combines breath simulation with specific relaxing sounds to help you sleep faster, longer and better.

In today’s episode you can learn about how Julian and his team are trying to increase Somnox‘s effectiveness by creating a feeling of affection between the user and the robot.

3) How To Solve The World’s “Sleep Crisis”

Julian believes that the increasing popularity and development of the sleep market will not slow down anytime soon. He definitely sees a stable role for Somnox in the everyday lives of people. However, he also thinks that the current state of sleeping issues is so big that it’ll require a whole ecosystem of innovative companies to solve them for the long run. 

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