Power naps can be good for you, and Silentmode has designed a nap mask with built-in audio to help you nap better.
The Hong Kong company is launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign today to raise money to build the mask that allows people to tune out their environment and go to sleep more easily. The product is a blackout mask that you wrap around your head. Audio speakers are built directly into the mask so you don’t have to put plugs into your ears.
The Silentmode will be available for $99 for Kickstarter supporters and $149 at retail.
The mask will block out all external visual and auditory disturbances, creating a stress-free private space so users can nap anywhere at anytime, the company said.
Silentmode uses passive noise cancellation and customized frequency settings to lull users into relaxation. You select the “nap mode” from the Silentmode smartphone app and slip on the mask.
Silentmode’s proprietary nap training audio, dubbed Breathonics, then guides your brain to relax. The smart napping alarm system gradually wakes the mask-wearer, depending on the length of the nap and the complexity of the music. You can also listen to podcasts, audiobooks, or your own music with Silentmode’s Bluetooth pairing.
“Power-nappers can adjust the soundscapes for the optimal mood mode, from a deeper session during a 10-hour flight to a 20-minute switch-off for focus improvement,” said cofounder Jens Nielson. “The effects are immediate. A study we conducted found an average heart rate reduction of 19 percent in users who used Silentmode to relax in less than 5 minutes.”
Breathonics uses sonic signals to teach users how to control their breathing patterns. It combines audio guidelines, binaural safe frequencies, and music to guide concentration or relaxation. Silentmode is working with a number of artists around the globe to create the music; the first collaboration is with English musician Dom Howard from the band Submotion Orchestra.
In addition to its auditory features, Silentmode has formed eye placements to promote comfortable sleep. The 360-degree memory foam hugs users’ features for better immersion, and the mask uses breathable bamboo cotton.
“My mom was a yoga teacher, so I grew up learning about the impact of our breath and taking time to relax our mind and body for well-being,” said cofounder Bradley Dowding-Young, in a statement. “People are always on the go these days, but in order to properly ‘tune in,’ everyone needs a little time to ‘tune out’.”
The campaign runs until November 22, 2017. The estimated delivery date is March 2018.