Withings Aura Connected Alarm Clock with Wake-Up Light & Sound System
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- Connected Alarm Clock, Ac Power Supply, Plug Adapters, Quick Start Guide
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Aura Quick Start Guide [PDF ]
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 14.6 x 10.9 x 6.2 inches; 4.41 Pounds
- Item model number : 70096501
- Date First Available : August 3, 2017
- Manufacturer : Withings
- ASIN : B012NB5EWC
- Best Sellers Rank: #377,940 in Health & Household (See Top 100 in Health & Household)
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Nokia bought Withings and no longer support this product. They have replaced it with an inferior product with less features.
Bought this last year and it worked great, the best feature was the wake up alarm which woke you up at the best part of your sleep cycle, so you wouldn't wake up groggy or tired.
After a year of use the sleep sensor motor stopped inflating. Emailed support which told me i was out of warranty and since they no longer support the product they offered me a discount on the new sleep mat which is just a mat sensor that does not integrate with the aura clock and has no wake up feature.
TLDR: nokia bought the company that makes this and replaced it with an inferior product. Don't waste your money.
This device is not a miracle worker by any stretch but it has served me well thus far. I have a condition where two of the symptoms are insomnia and poor sleep quality. As such, I cycle on and off of a variety of sleep medications and I need to know (as does my doctor) which ones are more effective and how effective. Which is where the monitor comes in. I can see how much deep and light sleep I can get (REM sleep was a welcome addition to this though not as necessary as the others) and for how long I sleep. The graph is easy to understand and is more or less correct. I say more or less because this device (like many others of it's kind) sometimes has issue determining whether I am asleep or simply lying in bed. And this is never going to be as accurate as something that measures brain waves. But this was true of my previous sleep tracker (jawbone up) so I'm not overly bothered by this. The heartbeat analysis is also pretty decent and, since heart problems run in my family, it's nice to have a basis for my resting heartbeat (my Apple Watch tracks my active heartbeat so I have a nice full picture now). The sleep mat itself is about 27" long, long enough to get to just about the center of my full sized bed. As I sleep on the edge this hasn't been an issue but if you're a middle sleeper or have a larger bed it might be too short. There was also a bit of an issue initially with set up where it wasn't tracking all of my sleep. But I disconnected, reconnected and recalibrated and now it works perfectly every time. But this was one of the reasons it lost a star.
The lamp itself was not the main reason I got this but it has been an unexpected pleasure. I also have an Elgato Eve and I find that it's temperature reading tend to be very close to the Auras (they are across the room from each other and one is near an open window which may account for the degree or so difference), and (as far as I can tell) the decibel and luminosity readings are also correct. The sleep and nap programs have also been very helpful to me. Having insomnia means that I frequently struggle to fall asleep but this (along with medication) has helped me immensely. I now look forward to the red light helping me drift off. It's sound programs are a bit subpar I think but, as I don't tend to like music or odd noises while I sleep, this hasn't been too much of an issue.
Now, the bad parts. Set up was a bit of hassle because it didn't work right initially. Additionally, I attempted to contact Withings support on two separate occasions (one to ask a question and another for help with the issue I had) and I never heard back from them. Considering I paid a decent amount of money for their product I would expect better service. IF they are not going to have an available service telephone number than they need to do better about answering their e-mail support messages. That was the main reason for the downgrade. Another issue I found is with the app. Now the app works decently well for what I use it for except for a couple of slight issues. One is the slight lag in connecting with the Withings Aura. Sometimes it doesn't want to connect at all (which means I have to reset and recalibrate and I don't like that). The second issue is with deletion. Sometimes I sit in bed for awhile and when I get up, aura tells the app that I've slept when I haven't. No big deal, I can delete it right? Nope. Everytime I try it reappears without fail whenever I relaunch the app. This is an issue I hope they resolve in future updates of the app.
Despite a few issues, all in all I like this device. I would give this 3.5 stars if I could (I think it deserves more than 3 but less than 4) but 3 will have to do. I would give it more except for the slight issue with start up, the app and the lack of reliable support from the company. For a product with such a high price tag normally, I would expect a bit better (particularly in regards to technical support).
I am motivated by data analysis and tracking to reach better understanding and transformation, but this is not for everyone.
I like not having to wear a bracelet and never have to think about it doing its job. The data is on my phone a little while after I get up.
The sleep programs and smart alarm are a bonus!
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Tracking-wise, you get some nice metrics around your sleep, both in terms of yourself (heart rate, sleep phases: how much and when, restlessness) and your environment (temperature, noise, brightness). On a day-by-day basis this works fine, and you might be able to work out some trend if you're paying attention. Graphing this data over time though is just something that Withings isn't particularly interested in. You'll get a weekly summary of just the amount of sleep you're getting, nothing more. Heart rate is mixed in with any other kind of pulse measurement that you might be taking in the Withings ecosystem. So your sleeping HR, blood pressure HR and (standing) scale measurement of HR would all be (uselessly) graphed together and the resting HR calculated by the Aura every night just sits on your nightly breakdown, forgotten.
The smart alarm also works well. If you haven't used a smart alarm before (on a fitness tracker, for example), you give it a window to wake you up in and it monitors you to make sure that you're awoken at the best time (i.e. the lightest phase of sleep). I've found that it's best to give it a fairly small window, otherwise you might find yourself getting up much earlier than you really wanted. But it does work well: it plays a gentle sound (that ramps up in volume the longer you ignore it) and shines a bright light on your face to establish those all-important circadian rhythms. What it does not do is the Philips-wake-up-alarm style of increasing light brightness to simulate dawn and wake you up "naturally". I thought it probably would have a similar function, given the big light on this thing, and I was intrigued to see how that worked along with the smart sleep-phase monitoring, but Withings haven't explored that direction at all.
It's all touch controlled, which is fine as long as you remember which gestures do what, but it's fairly straightforward really since all the heavy lifting is done in the app anyway.
- More data options are needed in the app, particularly trending views
- Sharing/integration with other services would be nice (Goolge Fit / Apple Health)
- Wake-up light alarm functionality
Bought this earlier in the week due to struggling in the mornings and was looking forward to waking up to it this morning.
Initial setup was rather difficult as others have mentioned. Setting alarms, however is very difficult, and is in a super hidden part of the withings app that you can't even get to without touching the device itself first! I have no idea how to get to them once they're set either!!
I set my device to wake me up at 6:45am, and after much difficulty using the new Spotify playlist feature, set my alarm and volume.
The sensor is really uncomfortable. It inflates itself a bit, and you can feel it underneath the mattress as a really raised lump. It push pressure on my chest, when lying in my front, and pressure on my shoulders when lying in my side. It's so noticeable under the mattress that I really struggled to get to sleep, despite the fancy red light that comes on during the sleep program. The red light is interesting, but did nothing to help me get to sleep.
Morning comes, and the device decides to go off at 6:15, not 15 minute before or after my specified time, but a full 30mins before. The music starts off quite quiet, but really ramps up to being quite loud. I hit snooze to mute the music, but the music never came back after the snooze timer had finished. Instead, it reverted to really quiet waves until 6:45, before turning the music back on at FULL VOLUME, scaring the life out of both myself and my girlfriend.
As for the blue light, it's quite a harsh colour, almost medicinal. I'd much prefer a warm sunrise colour to fill the room, than the blue crack den light that is enough to annoy you before you can enjoy its 'wake up wavelength' benefits.
I was initially going to rate this 2 stars, purely for the Spotify function, but after being woken up even worse than my girlfriends simple alarm on her phone, I've decided to rescind that score and go back to 1 star.
I'm absolutely appalled with this device. I'm hoping it's just teething issues and I'll get used to it, but it looks unlikely. Amazon could be expected a return by the weekend.
Go to Sleep at Night with the Lullaby Sounds, and listening to the waves crashing.
Wake up to Blue Light.
have also got the under bed mat, and shows nights sleeps, along with restlessness, and the resting Heart rate.
Having ADHD and suffering from depression that comes and goes whenever it pleases, sleeping has always been hard for me. I've tried many things before, including sleeping pills, sleep tracker apps and meditation. Nothing works like this little device. The red light and the background sounds help you calm down and actually make you fall asleep quicker, while the alarm wakes you up very gently with your choice of either pleasant melodies that come with the Aura, or your music from spotify. In my experience the pre recorded tracks work better, as the waking is very gentle and smooth. 3 weeks in my energy levels are much higher, I have finally acquired a sleeping pattern, I fall asleep much quicker, wake up happy (according to online research this is because of the wavelength of blue light and how it affects the photoreceptors in our eyes) and generally feel healthier. Waking up is much easier. I'm a heavy sleeper, and used to set 8 alarms every morning to wake me up. Now I only need 1.
I have not encountered the problems with the sensor, but I sleep alone. Perhaps adding a second sensor might do the trick (but I'm just speculating here). So far the readings were quite accurate, and actually help you see how good is your quality of sleep. Seeing how much of REM sleep I get helps me with practicing lucid dreaming.
-USB ports are a nice touch
-accurate sleep tracking
-As previously mentioned the touch controls are a bit weird. The idea is nice, but the implementation is slightly overcomplicated.
-The app is not very well designed, but it does the job
-Cannot change the time of the alarm unless connected to bluetooth on your phone and paired with Aura. While it is mildly annoying, so far have not proven itself to be an issue, as the app lets you add multiple alarms for several days. Aura tracks your sleep every night and even if you're not connected, it will update the readings.
Despite the cons I give this device 5 stars simply because it works and does so brilliantly.
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