Lark, a silent waking system that wakes you silently and naturally, is announcing big news today. After launching at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco last Fall, the company is announcing the public availability of its product and a retail deal with Apple stores in North America.
Lark’s system involves an iPhone app and a small band that you wear across your wrist while sleeping. You set the iPhone app to the time you need to wake up and the app will transform your phone into a night time alarm clock. The band includes a small device and sensor with bluetooth technology that will vibrate at the time you are supposed to wake up. Plus there’s no more jarring, loud alarms; so your boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, or husband won’t be woken up by your alarm.
Since launch, the startup has also added sleep monitoring to the device. Not only will the device include a sleep monitor, but Lark will offer personal sleep coaching and a personalized seven day sleep assessment, to advise you on the best sleep patterns for your health, lifestyle and schedule.
Founded by Julia Hu, Lark had been working with a Harvard Medical School sleep expert, Dr. Jo Select, to test the app with students; and the app has been producing positive results. Not only are wearers of the device able to wake up from the vibrating technology, but their partners are reporting a better night’s sleep when their sleeping partner is using the vibrating device.
Lark, which has raised $1 million in funding from Lightspeed Ventures and other strategic investors, will set you back $129 for the alarm product with a sleep monitoring componenet, and $189 for the alarm, sleep monitoring, and personalizes sleep coaching. You can find the product online or at Apple’s retail stores in Canada and U.S starting June 14.