Nokia Sleep Sensing and Home Automation Pad hands-on1
Today we’re taking a look at one such device whose primary focus is sleep tracking, and secondarily, home automation – the Nokia Sleep Sensing & Home Automation Pad. Nokia’s never been one for creative names, but usually delivers solid build quality and consistently good performance. We took this $100 under-the-mattress pad for a spin to see what Nokia was able to deliver to the burgeoning sleep-tracking and home automation markets.
The Pad itself looks good with its pillow-y cloth stitching but being under your mattress, looks won’t matter much.
Functionality and Companion App
Sleep tracking and analysis happens automatically, so all you need to do is snuggle into bed and let the Pad do the rest. As with any automatic tracking, there will be false positives, as in the case of lying in bed and watching TV. Thankfully, the Nokia Health Mate app allows you to edit any detected sleep events in the case of such inaccuracies.
The Nokia Health Mate app, which is used to view this data, is the very same one used by Nokia’s wearable devices, and as such data from all your Nokia branded trackers is aggregated into an easy-to-read, scrollable feed. Not much is given in the way of personalized advice to get better sleep, but a handful of generalized articles on the subject are provided within the app. We’d definitely like to see some tailored advice for users to improve their sleep, which would really help set this tracker apart, but otherwise the sleep pad does seem reasonably accurate in its tracking.
Nokia’s Sleep Sensing & Home Automation Pad is a straightforward and useful device for what it offers. Setup and use is quick and easy being a more “set it and forget it” type of device. Sleep tracking is automatic and also well within the parameters of decent accuracy, while home automation is just as easily initiated and useful. Both are conducive to a better night’s sleep, but the Nokia Health Mate app needs to step up its role in actively improving your sleep by giving users tips and tailored feedback for their logged data. All that data is there, might as well do something useful with it. Still, we don’t mind leaving this pad under our mattress for some home automated goodness and an extra set of eyes on our abysmal sleeping habits.