I’ve used the Wakemate for a while and the final verdict is that I love it. It’s a lot better than a regular alarm clock. However, when I first got my Wakemate it wouldn’t play nicely with my Samsung Epic 4G (Galaxy S). That’s a real shame as these are one of the most popular Android phones (Galaxy S) and the key with a product such as the Wakemate is that it works reliably across the board.
After much troubleshooting and testing I actually gave up on using it with my primary cell phone. (I would have tried my wrist band on my iPad, but unfortunately Apple’s policies forbid this… Don’t act so surprised) So instead, I bought an old Motorola Droid v1 from a co-worker. It works flawlessly with the Droid (which has Cyanogen Mod 7 installed) and I’ve loved it since.
It can really hurt when a product doesn’t work well at first, but in the case of the Wakemate, I’m glad I was patient and figured out a way for it to work for me.
How it works:
You install an app on your Blackberry/Android Phone/iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and it’s essentially an alarm clock with sign-in and Bluetooth capabilities. You sign into your Wakemate account, pair your wrist band (once) and then set an alarm. The device will tell your phone whether to wake you up at the specified time or up to 20 mins earlier; think of it as a wake-up window.
Here’s a Typical Night:
- I put the wrist band on & flip the tiny on/off switch (green lights flash)
- I grab the old Droid next to my bed and hit the Wakemate app icon. The app loads and I set an alarm time.
- Then hit the sleep button; it checks for wrist band connectivity one more time and wishes you a good night of sleep.
The device and phone check in every so often during the night and make sure they are still communicating. If they lose communication the alarm just wakes you up at the specified time (This has not happened on the Droid yet). The device checks your sleep patterns and decides when to wake you. A gentle alarm sounds.
Here’s a Typical Morning:
- The Alarm sounds and you check the phone’s screen. You press the wake up button (There is no snooze).
- It says that it’s downloading your sleep data from the wrist band (takes a couple of seconds).
- It presents you with a slider and asks whether you feel alert or groggy.
- Upon setting the slider and pressing OK, it uploads your data and you can turn the wrist band off.
The Web Interface
Here are a few screen shots of the web interface and some of my sleep data:
Wakemate’s unpredictable Android experience has made my recommendations to my co-workers and friends cautious, but I still recommend it. I spent $60 for the wrist band and another $50 for the used Droid; that’ll be your worst case scenario. If you have an iPad or iPod Touch then I’d recommend the iOS version simply due to the difference in store reviews between the Android Market and the iTunes Store.
Do I think the difference it makes in waking up is worth the $110 I ended up spending? Yes.
I want to hear about your good or bad experiences with the Wakemate. Post them in the comments section.