TU Delft spin-off Somnox launches crowdfunding campaign
Today saw TU Delft start-up Somnox launch a crowdfunding campaign to market its cuddly sleep robot that aims to offer people a better night’s sleep.
The start-up was founded by four TU Delft students, including IDE student Julian Jagtenberg. He came up with the idea of the sleep robot while studying Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft and the team built a prototype for their minor in Robotics. The sleep robot, with a soft covering that makes it look like a cushion, simulates human respiration. The students had learned from existing research that adopting a peaceful breathing rhythm from someone else can help people to fall asleep.
“Since then, we have done further development on the sleep robot. Fifty test sleepers spent time using it and around 5,000 people provided feedback on the concept,” explains Jagtenberg. “It is hoped that the crowdfunding campaign will make a production line possible. That will be a major step towards our dream of helping 100,000 people get a good night’s sleep by 2025 thanks to the world's best natural sleep solution,” says Jagtenberg.