|By Business Wire||
|May 19, 2014 06:30 PM EDT||
Today, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) announced they are working together to explore technology standards that will aid the development of consumer sleep technology. The project was announced during the annual CEA Technology & Standards Forum, held May 19-22 in Seattle, Washington.
The collaboration includes the formation of a new Wearable Sleep Monitors Working Group that will develop standards, bulletins and other documents addressing wearable sleep monitoring equipment. The group will include leading sleep experts as well as technology manufacturers.
The news follows CEA’s announcement earlier this month regarding the formation of a new Health and Fitness Technology Division, led by industry leaders such as FitBit, Qualcomm Life and Jawbone.
“The goal of CEA’s new Health and Fitness Division is to promote consumer electronics that help consumers take control of their personal health and change their lives for the better,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. “Over the last several years, consumer electronics have helped revolutionize how we monitor our personal activity and eating habits. Sleep is a frontier for consumer health technology.”
“Sleep is as vital to our health as eating right and exercise,” said David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. “We know that getting enough sleep and getting quality sleep have amazing health benefits, including improved mood, concentration, memory and productivity, and the ability to maintain a healthy weight. For the vast majority of people, what happens when they sleep is largely a mystery. However, given the technology to properly monitor their own sleep quality, consumers can better understand the link between their sleep and their health, and set goals for improvement. The National Sleep Foundation is thrilled to work with CEA to help make this a reality for consumers everywhere.”
For more information about the CEA-NSF Wearable Sleep Monitors Working Group, please contact Alayne Bell at [email protected].
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media.
About the National Sleep Foundation
The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. It is well-known for its annual Sleep in America® poll. The Foundation is a charitable, educational and scientific not-for-profit organization located in Washington, DC. Its membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine, health professionals, patients, families affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities. www.sleepfoundation.org.
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