Sleep apps are nothing new. There are a multitude of sleep-cycle alarm clocks that try to time your waking to a natural point in your cycle, and a bevy of different meditation aids and white noise apps to help you fall asleep. There are even voice activated recorders like Sleep Talk Recorder for Android that can capture any genius you might spew while deep in REM. Sleep as Android and Absalt EasyWakeUp Pro demystify those eight hours that we are lost from the world, tracking sleep patterns and presenting data in handy graphs.
While these sleep tracking graphs can be handy as a source of concrete data with which to convince your partner that their midnight jostling, tossing and turning is having a deleterious effect on your life, they’re not exactly something you want to display to a wide audience.
IBIS Hotels has the solution. Their new app, Sleep Art turns your night-time movements into digital art. Tracking your movements while you sleep, it then creates a digital representation of your night’s sleep through trailing lines and colours. It provides a minute-by-minute trackback feature for the finished piece, so you can see how your partner’s 4am snoring affected the work.
The app isn’t just some kind of random brainwave from IBIS Hotels – its launch marked the beginning of National Bed Month, when the start of British Summertime in March robs us all of an hour’s sleep. As such, the app does more than just create art. It also works as an alarm clock.
While Sleep Art isn’t the most sophisticated sleep app on the market, it is most likely one of the coolest. The art created is actually quite appealing, with the colours popping out against a black background and each work of art completely unique. The abstract lines and curves create something reminiscent of exotic flowers or strange deep-sea creatures.
The app is available for download on iTunes, and you don’t have to be an IBIS Hotels guest to get it. They have also set up a Twitter hashtag #IbisSleepArt so that you can share your creations with others. All you have to do is fall asleep – effort-free art!