PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Many people must have noticed antagonist Yashida's fascinating mattress in the movie The Wolverine II. Yashida uses his willpower to control his mattress, allowing it to make postural changes for himself. Last week, Silicon Valley-based iFutureLab released an innovative technology that can autonomously recognize and adapt to individual body shapes and postures in real time to offer the best support and comfort, much like the mattress of Yashida.
iFutureLab announced that the autonomous adaptation functionality of AI TRACKBOT is driven by artificial intelligence (AI), and the technology has recently entered into mass production. iFutureLab plans to apply this innovative technology to furniture, with mattresses as the initial focus.
Sleep occupies one third of a human life. Diseases, poor concentration and low productivity caused by sleep problems have resulted in economic losses in the trillions of dollars every year. According to the research of iFutureLab Sleep Medicine Center (SMC), support has an influence on the health of one's skeletal and muscular systems and blood circulation during sleep. Over 90% of sleep problems are closely linked to improper support.
According to a recent report by the UN DESA, the world population reached nearly 7.5 billion, which as a whole require approximately 160 million different variations of support during sleep. Modern medical research indicates that people of varying ages, heights, weights and body shapes have different support requirements. In addition, variable health conditions and sleep preferences will affect one's quality of sleep. Further, as people toss and turn throughout the night, sometimes in excess of ten times, the support required for each position will be different. All of these factors have created a major challenge for traditional mattresses to meet the various changing support requirements.
The technological progress of traditional mattresses has remained stagnant over the past century. Traditional mattresses use inner springs, foam and air cushions for support, which each have their own inherent weaknesses. The limited materials cannot meet individual support needs of different people, and the fixed structures of traditional mattresses cannot adapt to one's changing sleep positions in real time. As a result, traditional mattresses fail to provide suitable support for the best sleep experience.
While compared with traditional mattresses, like innerspring mattresses, latex mattresses, air beds and electric beds, the major advantages of an AI mattress with AI TRACKBOT include autonomous recognition of individual body shape and sleep position, calculating optimal support for each part of the body based on Sleep Medicine databases, and autonomous adjustment of height and firmness for changing positions. Such functions ensure that the body stays properly aligned and properly supported during sleep.
Composed of AI Sensing System, Autonomous Adjustment System, TensorFlow Deep Learning Network, Central Processing System and Sleep Medicine Databases, AI TRACKBOT has extremely high detection, analysis and processing capabilities. Powered by the vast Sleep Medicine databases and strong AI technology of iFutureLab SMC, AI TRACKBOT can independently recognize 160 million sleep models and calculate the optimal pressure distribution for every part of the body within 0.01 second.
It has been observed that AI TRACKBOT collects real-time data to build an exclusive model for the user who lies on it through ergonomics based on his real-time pressure distribution and age, height, weight, body shape, and sleep preferences. Optimal postural support and pressure relief for the body are achieved by adjusting height and firmness along with the changing sleep positions.
Albert, who experienced the AI TRACKBOT, reflected, "When lying on a mattress equipped with AI TRACKBOT, I can feel the slow movements and tender adjustments under my body no matter if I'm on my back or side. It's hard to explain exactly how I feel, but it's really very relaxing and comfortable. I definitely enjoyed my experience."
Over 30,000 experiments conducted by iFutureLab SMC shows that AI TRACKBOT can effectively reduce body movements, tossing and turning, the probability of waking up at night, and the percentage of discomfort in muscle and spinal regions upon waking up in the morning. This in turn increases the percentage of deep sleep over a night's rest. At the same time, through continuous follow-up studies, iFutureLab SMC has found that users with chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, waist and leg areas and with pre-existing problems like nerve compression or poor breathing have been relieved of such issues after using the mattress with AI TRACKBOT for a consistent period of time.
It has been learned that AI TRACKBOT has already achieved mass production and has also begun cooperation with some leading furniture and mattress enterprises.
HEKA is a membership-based company located in Delaware that designs and crafts customized high-end furniture for its members. As an important strategic partner of iFutureLab SMC, HEKA launched the AI mattress last week as well. Rogan Smith, CMO of HEKA, believes that AI TRACKBOT can greatly help HEKA provide the ultimate sleep experience for its members. Customization of the HEKA·AI TRACKBOT bed has already begun globally. HEKA has already received orders from many celebrities and elites, including members of royal families, founders and chairmen of Fortune Global 500 and multinational corporations.
iFutureLab SMC has endeavored to bring AI TRACKBOT to the furniture industry, enabling furniture to adapt to people autonomously to promote optimal comfort and health. This breakthrough is expected to bring revolutionary technology innovations to the mattress industry, significantly impacting the furniture industry and restructuring the industry value chain.
Kent Scott, director of the iFutureLab AI TRACKBOT Section, said, "This technology will also help those millions of athletes going through injuries and chronic pain sufferers to get the pain relief they need. They just need to simply input their individualized chronic pain information or sleep preferences into the APP. AI TRACKBOT will then calculate the optimal support under such situations, allowing for the reduction of the impact of these physical problems on sleep quality. In addition, AI TRACKBOT is also cooperating closely with many hotels, enabling people with different body types and sleep preferences to truly obtain the best night of sleep while staying in hotel."
A total of 43 scientists and engineers from iFutureLab SMC have been devoted to the development of AI TRACKBOT technology. A great deal of analysis on the relationship between support and healthy sleep has been made based on ergonomics, cardiovascular medicine and musculoskeletal medicine. After five years of efforts, iFutureLab SMC has accomplished the test and observation of total 2.3 million sets of experimental data involving subjects from 13 countries or regions and 37 nationalities. iFutureLab SMC said that AI TRACKBOT has already obtained 107 exclusive technologies and properties, which increased their confidence in AI TRACKBOT.
iFutureLab is an institution mainly engaged in the research and development of AI Medical Treatments, Intelligent IoT, Sleep Medicine and Precision Sensing Systems. With the release of AI TRACKBOT technology, iFutureLab is expected to bring an AI revolution to the entire furniture and mattress industry worldwide.
SOURCE iFutureLab Inc.