ibis Sleep Art: Written iPhone App Review
One of the most amazing things about sleep is it’s a time when we usually can’t control our actions. Once our head is on the pillow and our eyelids close, our subconscious comes out to play. While it’s fun to dream (and even more fun to remember our dreams), what would it be like to create art in our sleep?
Concept and Functionality:
I’ve loved the idea of a sleep tracker ever since I first downloaded Sleep Cycle. As a new iPhone user, the idea of my phone knowing exactly when to wake me up based on my movements was almost mystical. Nowadays it seems like most major health and fitness companies are trying to incorporate this technological wisdom into devices. Numbers and charts get boring pretty quickly, though, which is why ibis Sleep Art is such a cool app.
To use the app, all you have to do is set an alarm. Seeing as the app requires constant use of your iPhone’s accelerometer, it’s absolutely imperative to make sure your phone is plugged in. Next, put your phone somewhere close to your body so it can register movements while you’re sleeping. However, make sure you don’t put your phone underneath bedsheets or under your pillow, as that might make it overheat.
Once you wake up, you can see a unique depiction of your sleep patterns and movements in the form of colorful art. Even better, ibis Sleep Art lets you see how your artwork was made by sliding your finger along a timeline. Each unique piece of sleep art is saved in the app’s gallery under the date it was created.
One of the best things about ibis Sleep Art is how simple and easy it is to use. However, there are a few features which make it even better. For one, I love the unique way to set your alarm. Instead of the typical iPhone design of a number wheel, you select your alarm time by rotating your finger in a circle.Though this doesn’t sound like much of a unique thing, it’s little details like this that make the stand out.
There’s also a handy settings page that allows you to specify preferences like whether or not you want your iPhone to vibrate when the alarm is going off. You can also set the alarm volume within Sleep Art. The only thing I’m not too fond of is the fact that the app only has one alarm melody. Hopefully more will be added in the future. Also, if you prefer your time in AM/PM format, you’ll have to reset it each time you open the app.
Lastly, for those of you who want to share your sleep art with the rest of the world, you can do so by selecting the art from within your gallery. You can share it through services like Facebook and Twitter, along with email.
One of the best things about ibis Sleep Art is that it’s free to download from the App Store. With no ads to bother you or in-app purchases to unlock more features, you definitely can’t go wrong with giving ibis Sleep Art a try.
ibis Sleep Art is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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