62: How Silent Partner Silences Snoring Noise Like Magic
Whether it be loud talkers, slow walkers or people playing incredibly loud music on woefully inadequate headphones. A love of technology can equally be the cause of our biggest frustrations in modern life.
After surviving the long commute home and tolerating a long list of first world problems, you might need to dig deep to make it through the night too. Anyone who has a partner that snores will happily tell you about the uncontrollable silent rage they experience in the early hours of the morning.
We all know that technology is used to solve problems that don’t even exist. But there’s one problem that exists that we’re all aware of and that’s the dreaded snore. I recently came across a great product on Indigogo called Silent Partner. This is a little device you pop on your nose and it doesn’t stop you from snoring but uses noise cancellation technology to remove that dreaded noise and ultimately silence snoring. Will it work? The Indigogo campaign has raised 670,000 from backers in 65 countries, far surpassing their initial goal of 40,000. Obviously, there’s a lot of demand for this product so I invited the CEO and co-founder on the show today to tell us a little more about it.
Can you tell us a little about yourself, your role and exactly what Silent Partner is?
My name is Netanel Eyal; I’m the CEO of Silent Partner. I studied at the Hebrew University Computer Engineering and Applied Physics. I developed a system to detect contamination in water by using engineering bacteria. Silent Partner is the first Smart Patch to quiet snoring noise. It uses patented technology which senses the snoring sound and emits a counter sound that suppresses it.
Can you tell me a little about your market research for Silent Partner and the success of this technology?
Active noise cancellation technology has been around since 1934 and has had many applications in various fields and has been proven to be very effective. After graduating I set out to use my knowledge of noise cancellation technology to create a product that could make the world a better place. After many trials and errors, I finally came up with the idea for Silent Partner. My partner and I set out to research snoring and determine how technology could help tackle the problem. We found a variety of solutions, most that were not only intrusive and uncomfortable but also only worked for a specific kind of snorer. Our product is lightweight; compact, unintrusive and can quiet the snoring noise regardless of the source or the type of the snorer.
How does it stay on when people sleep on their side or suffer restlessness during the night?
That is one of the challenges we faced when we started working on the product design. At the suggestion of both doctors and sleep experts, we incorporated reusable hypoallergenic medical grade adhesive into Silent Partner which allows the user to move around freely without worrying about the device falling off.
Does it need regular charging?
The device will easily last through the night but we suggest charging it up in the morning. Silent Partner can be charged with any standard Mini USB cable.
Is it guaranteed to work?
Yes. Silent Partner is the only product which tackles the snoring noise itself while other products aim to open airways, nasal passages, etc. Our product tackles something that most of the other products do not do. The most annoying thing, which is the noise.
So it is noise cancellation that’s actually the key, isn’t it?
Yes,and it is important to point out that the Silent Partner is not a medical device. It is not intended for people who snore because of a medical condition such as sleep apnea. If someone has a medical condition they should seek medical attention. However, people snore for a variety of reasons. What is universally disturbing is the snoring noise. Silent partner silences the snoring noise so individuals and their partners can have a good night’s sleep.
Is it one size fits all for men and women?
Yes. While working with the product designers we were very careful to make sure that Silent Partner would be able to adapt as needed to face and nose shape and fit a woman and a man.
What is the device made of?
While we have yet to go to production, we are working with doctors and sleep experts to ensure that materials used in manufacturing Silent Partner are both comfortable and effective as well as hypoallergenic.
When is production and shipping scheduled for Silent Partner?
We intend to ship to our backers at the end of this year and to go to market shortly afterward.
How much do these cost now and in the near future?
Because of the demand of our product we have decided to keep our Indigogo page open to give more people the opportunity to take advantage of our early bird pricing. We have a variety of packages available on the Indigogo page ranging from 18 to 34 percent off of the future retail price. To find out more about Silent Partner and the early bird pricing simply visit our page on Indigogo.
What are your plans for the future?
As mentioned previously the other companies who use active noise cancellation technology but none that can use sound wavelength technology because it is our patent. At this time we are completely focused on Silent Partner. However, our technology can tackle other unwanted noises that come from complex environments and we plan to use the information we gather and the technology to explore these various use cases.
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