Virgin Media explores internet of things with sleep sensor TV

Virgin Media: KipstR is a sleep activated remote control that measures the wearer's pulse
Virgin Media: KipstR is a sleep activated remote control that measures the wearer's pulse

With one in five set to fall asleep Christmas Day thanks to endless eating, drinking and small talk with the in-laws, Virgin Media has developed a sleep activated 'remote control' that pauses the TV when you nod off.

It has designed ‘KipstR,’ a wearable tech device worn on the wrist that measures the wearer’s pulse to determine whether they are awake or asleep. If asleep, it pauses the TV programme so the viewer doesn’t miss out.

The device has been designed by two teenagers – Jonathan Kingsley and Ryan Oliver, as part of Virgin Media’s Switched on Futures programme, which aims to ‘supercharge digital skills’ across the country and experiment with new tech.

Virgin Media said it would be trialling the device over Christmas with a view of exploring how the tech could be rolled out to other connected devices in the home – in controlling heating, for example.

"We have been exploring the possibilities of connected entertainment for some time and are very excited to unveil KipstR," said Neil Illingworth, head of advanced technology and innovation at Virgin Media.

"With emerging new technologies, it is possible to create almost anything, such as emotionally intelligent entertainment systems that can suggest shows based on your moods, or even harnessing brainwaves to control your television."

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