Ibis ‘Sleep Art’ App: Create Art in Your Sleep

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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!

Turn your dreams into a work of art

We get a lot of press releases sent to us here at Latest Gadgets, but the latest release from the Ibis chain of hotels must rank up there with the strangest we’ve read. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

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Ibis have teamed up with BETC Digital and Swedish robotics specialist, Acne (something lost in translation there) to bring us the Sleep Art bed. The chains recently opened flagship UK hotel in Blackfriars is the location for the cutting-edge bed and is sure to attract punters from near and far who want to try the technology out for themselves.

Using sensors and digital relays, your night-time movements on the bed’s mattress are digitally transmitted to a robot located in Paris which then deciphers your nocturnal movements into a work of art. There are eighty sensors working over-time in the bed whilst you drift away, recording not only your bodily movement, but also your temperature and even the sounds you make to translate into a work of art. Every signal the bed sends to the robotic artist in Paris is transferred into a brush stroke on a piece of canvas, with the final result promising to be a sight to behold. Who knew snoring heavily could be so creative?

It sounds bizarre, and to be frank it is, but who can predict where it will all end up? You may well be terrible at art whilst you are awake, but in your dreams you may just be the next Michelangelo… Or rather Salvador Dali, if your imagination is anything like mine.

To find out more about Sleep Art and to stand a chance of winning one of 40 exclusive experiences, go to www.facebook.com/ibis and ‘like’ the page.

Adding a ‘social layer’ to the travel industry with the Gekko Facebook app

Who can blame companies, no matter how big or small, wanting to integrate somehow with Facebook, after all the social networking giants have got more than 750 million active users worldwide. Gekko, the personalised international hotel booking service, is the latest company to join the Facebook integrating trail, unveiling a one-stop Facebook application that simplifies travel planning and purchasing, via the world’s biggest social networking site.

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When it comes to travel we do often turn to our friends and family, our ‘trusted’ sources, who often have similar tastes to us, about where to go and what to see, so why not exploit this valuable information ahead of your travel plans?

The new Gekko Facebook app is the first all-in-one Facebook travel app, with a social twist. By collecting and organising travel recommendations from friends, users are tuned in to the best locations, deals and places to visit from their valued and reliable sources. The app also features a “Request-a-Deal” button, which, by just one click, allows bars, restaurants and hotels reply to users directly with personalised offers, enabling users to be informed of the best prices and book accordingly.

Talking about the new app, Gekko’s CEO Michel Cassius said:

“Gekko is evolving the hotel discount model. Consumers get the best price and are offering highly personalised deals by hotels worldwide and by restaurants, clubs and bars. And with our full Facebook integration we add the social layer to the booking process, making it both engaging and fun.”

And being fun is what social networking is all about, right? Being able to interact with others virtually and share thoughts, information and advice is at the core of social networking, forums and other online interactive sources and Gekko is evolving this trend into the travel industry. Users of the Gekko Facebook app can exchange useful tips of travel, track and trace new travel discoveries and share lists of favourites and personal insights about particular bars, beaches or walks, anything associated with travel.

Find Gekko here: www.facebook.com/gekko