HT&Y The Challenge Award Shortlist: Kokoon Technology

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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.

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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”

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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