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JOHN EFFINGER: Hi, this is John Effinger, and I’m a program coordinator with Missouri Assistive Technology, and this is your Assistive Technology Update.

WADE WINGLER: Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.

Welcome to episode number 192 of assistive technology update. It’s scheduled to be released on January 30 of 2015.
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LUNA: The smart mattress cover

by Laura M on January 29, 2015

in Products and Devices

Over the past few years, there have been countless smart devices released on the market.  This includes smart watches, wristbands, thermostats, locks, and other home automation devices–all of which sync to your smartphone.  We already have the ability to connect to virtually anything, so what’s left?  Well, with the smart mattress cover Luna you now have the ability to make your bed smart in just two minutes!

Ben Kepes wrote about the smart mattress cover in a Forbes article:

If Google’s acquisition of Nest last year showed us anything, it is that connected devices, especially in the context of a home setting, are going to become an increasingly important part of how consumers live their lives. And where there is a big consumer opportunity, there is always significant activity in the startup realm. Today’s example is Luna, a fascinating product due for general release later in the year that brings connectivity and intelligence to the humble mattress.

The idea of a smart home was once science fiction.  However, it is luna bed 2quickly becoming the “norm” as many people can control their locks, lights, thermostats, appliances and more with their mobile devices.  The creators behind Luna utilized this smart technology to create the first ever smart mattress cover.

There are five essentials for humans to survive: food, shelter, oxygen, water and sleep.  Though sleep was once not deemed a necessity, studies now prove it is essential for our overall health.

As you may or may not know, there are apps available on mobile devices to track your sleep cycle, as well as wristbands that track your sleeping habits–all with the goal of getting you a better night’s rest.  However, Luna is entirely different because it is a thin mattress cover that eliminates the need to wear anything while sleeping (or to sleep with your phone on your bed.)

Overview of Luna’s Features:

Luna offers six great features:

1. Dual zone temperature
2. Sleep Tracking
3. Smart Alarm
4. Auto Learning
5. Mobile Controlled
6. Smart Home Integration

1. Personalized Temperatures

Luna’s dual zone technology provides the option for you to select different temperatures for each side of the bed.  On its own, it learns your regular bed time and sets your bed to a comfortable temperature to help you fall asleep faster.

2. Sleep Trackingluna bed

Luna’s advanced technology has the ability to track your sleep quality, including sleep phases, breathing rate, and heart rate, without you having to wear anything to bed.  It combines the data about your night with information about your day and uses those insights to recommend what works best for your sleep.

3. Smart Alarm

As it learns your sleeping habits, Luna’s built-in smart alarm wakes you at the right moment of light sleep so you can wake up at your highest energy level.

4. Auto Learning

The Luna mattress cover learns on its own and programs itself to create a personalized schedule for bed temperature adjustments, and continues to adapt to your changing life.

5. Mobile Control

How often have you dreamt of warming up your bed on a cold night when you’re on your way home?  Now you can!  You can control the smart mattress cover from your smartphone or tablet wherever you are.

6. Smart Home Integration

Luna was designed with the smart home in mind, to provide convenience and security while you sleep.  Luna is paired with the following four partners, allowing it to work with smart thermostats, light bulbs, door locks and more:

  1. Nest
  2. Emberlight
  3. Lockitron
  4. Beep



Watching Films with a Unique View

January 28, 2015 Communication

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing It’s the film award season! It’s the time of the year between November and February when most of the important film award ceremonies take place — everything from the Hollywood Film Awards and Golden Globe Awards to the Screen Actors Guild Awards and culminating with the Academy Awards. The big […]

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3 Kitchen Gadgets to Simplify Your Life

January 27, 2015 Independent Living

If you’re like me, you love the idea of enjoying a nice, home cooked meal.  But when it comes down to the prep work, you’d prefer to just order in.  Though I do enjoy cooking at home, after I battle with the jars and cans, I barely have the energy to cook.  So for today’s post, I decided to […]

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Tech Tip: Accessible PC Programs

January 26, 2015 Tech Tips

A couple weeks ago, Alvin Alviar introduced us to some handy websites.  For this week’s Tech Tip, Alvin will show us some applications that could improve accessibility on PCs.

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ATU191 – AT Outcomes Day at ATIA (Roger O Smith & Ben Satterfield), End of Google Glass?, Sneak Preview of ATFAQ show, iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus for People Who Are Visually Impaired

January 23, 2015 Assistive Technology Update

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Your weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Show Notes: AT Outcomes Project from ATIA and RESNA | Dr Roger O Smith (Director of the R2D2 Center) […]

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orbiTouch Keyless Keyboard

January 22, 2015 Mobility

For some individuals with physical or developmental disabilities, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, autism and more, using the standard QWERTY keyboard is not an option.  The orbiTouch Keyless Keyboard is a revolutionary solution that removes the barrier posed by the traditional keyboard/mouse combination. The orbiTouch is an ergonomic alternative to the QWERTY keyboard.  It is a […]

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Sensory Issues in Autism

January 21, 2015 Autism

The soothing sensation of fine sand between our toes.  The breath of a warm, gentle breeze on our faces.  The comfort of a loved one’s embrace.  For the majority, these examples of touch take us to an unparalleled state of bliss.  But for children with sensory issues, such as those on the autism spectrum, these […]

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ATFAQ000 – Test and Promo Episode of Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions- Host: Brian Norton

January 20, 2015 Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ATFAQ000 – Test and Promo Episode of Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions- Host: Brian Norton Show Notes: Host: Brian Norton Panelist: Wade Wingler Send us your questions!: Listener Line: 317-721-7124 Twitter: use hashtag #atfaq Email:

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Pay-it-forward with ‘Be My Eyes’ app

January 20, 2015 Visual

The App Store offers countless apps to get us through both our personal and professional lives.  The possibilities are virtually limitless with the many productivity, social networking, navigation, reference apps (and more!)–all readily available at our fingertips.  However, the Be My Eyes app goes beyond the daily grind, offering users the ability to help others without leaving the comfort of their couch. Oftentimes, daily […]

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