HT&Y The Challenge Award Shortlist: Kokoon Technology


Kokoon Technology (Kokoon) addresses the common challenge that most adults will face at some point in their lives achieving quality sleep regularly. From the moment, we wake, our lives are filled with noise. Whether you’re trying to relax mid-commute, focus at work or just can’t sleep, Kokoon headphones allow you to escape, switch off and relax. The first headphone comfortable enough to be slept in and smart enough to adjust your audio in real time.

By combining audio and brain-sensing technology within an ergonomic design the Kokoon headphones and accompanying mobile app was created as a natural way for users to fall asleep. Kokoon utilises the latest advancements in sensor technology and machine learning to build intelligent products which respond to the body in real time. Our product is user focused and designed to be effortless in use. Through proprietary dry electrode EEG sensors Kokoon headphones can monitor electrical impulses in the user’s brain and determine the exact moment of sleep the different phases of sleep and the perfect point in the natural sleep cycle to awaken.


Judges Comments on shortlisting Kokoon:

“Already popular with the public following the number of pre-orders made for the headphones”

“An effective way to help regulate your sleeping patterns and not wake anyone else up whilst using them”  

“Being able to track the sleeping patterns through a mobile app is a great way to monitor your sleep and identify where people may struggle in the night”


About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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