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Sleep Automation System for the Home

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000233604D
Publication Date: 2013-Dec-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system to help reduce or eliminate many of the stimuli that interrupt a person’s sleep. The novel contribution is a system controller unit that interacts with a wearable sleep detection device, along with devices having alarm functions, to determine when a user is asleep and change the profile for the devices such that the alarms do not emit audio or visual notifications.

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Sleep Automation System for the Home

Sleep is critical to human's ability to function. With today's connected world, a person's sleep is often interrupted by phone calls, text messages, video calls, alarms on appliances, or other unnecessary stimuli.

Current technologies can determine when a person is asleep or almost asleep . Once these systems determine that a person is close to sleep or asleep , it sends a signal (wirelessly) to a controller in the home with which all the smart systems are synchronized or linked.

This invention is a system to notify, disable, or change the settings to items in a household to a "do not disturb" mode once it detects, via a sleep monitoring process, that the user is asleep or close to sleep.

The novel contribution is a system controller unit that, upon receiving notification from a

wearable sleep-detection device (known art) that a preferred user is asleep, interacts

with and modifies the configuration of other systems , appliances, or technology devices that emit alerts with audio or visual stimuli. The system controller sends a signal to all connected devices that there is a "change in profile" to prevent the devices from emitting alerts that can disturb the sleeping user (i.e. "do not disturb mode"). The system controller allows each user in the home to have a predetermined profile set for

which devices can emit an alarm or go silent once a person is deemed "asleep enough". The least common denominator is used when multiple profiles exist in the home. Exception criteria can be set to override the silent mode (e.g., a call from a parent or child to a cell phone or home phone , a door or window alarm that goes off, etc.). In addition, a registered smart device might be set to vibrate as opposed to ringing.

When the system detects that the user is awake , it allows the device alarms to return to an active mode. Additionally, devices that the user has set can also be put to sleep (e.g., a home computer) or in decreased utilization mode (e.g. air conditioning), resulting in reduced energy usage.

Optional scenarios can be added to the capability of the system , but are not required for novelty. A conflict in which there are multiple sleeping people or if one person is asleep and the another is not can be resolved by how the user (s) set up the associa...