visual Smart bed at the Meubelbeurs in Brussels

Smart bed at the Meubelbeurs in Brussels

The smart bed based on the R-Leaf technology will be showcased at the Meubelbeurs in Brussels.

Custom8 welcomes you at hall 6, booth 313.

visual Custom8 develops smart bed

Custom8 develops smart bed

Custom8 developed a smart sleep system with 7 independent zones that are automatically adjusted for your body and sleep posture. The smart bed can adjust every module from extremely firm to very soft, while you are lying on the bed. It provides a correct ergonomic support and resolves your complex choice when buying a new bed.

Even with future body changes, the smart bed follows these changes by changing the settings of the 7 modules.

The smart bed can be equipped with a module that registers your sleep posture and actively adjusts the firmness of the different modules to achieve a perfect support all night long.

 

visual Nighttime temperature and human sleep loss in a changing climate

Nighttime temperature and human sleep loss in a changing climate

Human sleep is highly regulated by temperature. Might climate change—through increases in nighttime heat—disrupt sleep in the future? The study looks at the relationship between sleep and ambient temperature and provides the first evidence that climate change may disrupt human sleep.

Read the full story on the website of Science Magazine

It is clear that the importance of choosing the right materials or technologies to keep the mattress and the bedroom cool will become more and more evident.

visual Microclimate and the search for a good night’s sleep

Microclimate and the search for a good night’s sleep

A good night’s sleep is essential for a happy life. A recent study from EBIA confirms that sleep scores a lot higher than exercise, healthy diet and a great social life as essential factors of life.

This study was one of the discussion topics during the latest NAVEM conference.  This discussion gave rise to the article (“Dit wordt meestal vergeten in de zoektocht naar een ideale nachtrust“, in Dutch) published in Knack Plus about the influence of microclimate (the temperature and humidity around the sleeper) on the quality of sleep.

 

 

 

 

visual The future of sleeping systems

The future of sleeping systems

A very interesting story (in dutch) was published by Peter Vantyghem in the Belgian newspaper De Standaard about the future of sleeping systems (“Op zoek naar de matras van de toekomst“).

Even though we use them on a daily basis, few people in Flanders have attention for a good mattress or want to pay for it. Nevertheless the awareness is growing that a good night’s sleep, on a customized mattress, is worth a higher price. Sleep will become more hightech, and Flanders should join the movement.

visual Benchmarking sleep comfort for bedding industry

Benchmarking sleep comfort for bedding industry

In this article, published by Huntsman in SleepTech magazine, the use of the µClimat sensormat to measure the hygrothermal behaviour of a person sleeping on a mattress is described. This is a major aspect of sleep comfort in current mattresses.

While the pressure mapping of a visco foam mattress is known in the industry, the measure of hygrothermal behavior of a person sleeping on a mattress is relatively new. Little is known in public literature about the transmission of moisture and heat through mattresses. In collaboration with the test lab Custom8 (a spin-off lab from the Biomechanics Department of the University of Leuven, Belgium), Huntsman was able to develop a method to bench mark sleep comfort in terms of pressure distribution, as well as the hygrothermal behavior of the microclimate between the participant and the mattress.

The hygrothermal behavior of the microclimate refers to the change in temperature of the microclimate and the dissipation of humidity in the microclimate over time. The μCliMat is a patented sensor mat from Custom8 containing temperature and humidity sensors specifically designed for the use in layered flexible materials such as mattresses and car seats. With the μCliMat sensors, two full size mats were constructed to be able to do measurements of the sleep comfort with a test person of 80kg. Afterwards a 3D image was created by using the μCliMon software provided by Custom8

visual BedTimes story: Mattress Manufacturing Reinvented

BedTimes story: Mattress Manufacturing Reinvented

BedTimes spoke with a broad cross section of the industry to uncover how advances in digital technology are impacting the design and manufacturing of today’s sleep products. Many of these advances were on display in the machinery halls and component showrooms of the biennial Interzum Cologne trade fair held in May 2015 in Cologne, Germany. As you read, mark your calendars for next month’s ISPA EXPO March 9-12 in Orlando, Florida.

Read the full story in BedTimes about the mattress manufacturing reinvented and certainly give attention to the part about ‘Foundational’ technology!

visual Custom8 invites you to ISPA EXPO 2016!

Custom8 invites you to ISPA EXPO 2016!

We will be exhibiting in booth 1473 at ISPA EXPO 2016, the largest trade show exclusively for the mattress industry!

ISPA EXPO 2016We will demonstrate our new products like the R-Leaf and the IdoShape, and we will be available to discuss your needs and to answer your questions….

visual Thanks for visiting us at IMM 2016

Thanks for visiting us at IMM 2016

Thanks to everybody that visited our booth at IMM 2016 in Cologne and made our participation at the fair a success!

IMM2016

IMM2016

Active slat base with 8 R-Leaf modules

Active slat base with 8 R-Leaf modules

We will try contact everybody shortly to answer all personal questions but please do not hesitate to send us a mail with specific requests.

visual Cubiculum opens third shop in Hilden with Ikelo Bodyscanner and Idoshape sensormats

Cubiculum opens third shop in Hilden with Ikelo Bodyscanner and Idoshape sensormats

After Dusseldorf and Leverkusen, Cubiculum has opened a third sleep advice shop in Hilden. Cubiculum is not a classic mattress shop, but an innovative service provider. It stands for a completely new consulting concept around the topic of “healthy sleep”. Their sleep advice is focussed on your individual sleeping habits and needs. As a result, all relevant sleep data are considered and compiled into a personalized advice. The optimal solution for your individual needs is determined using various highly modern measuring methods.

Two of these measuring methods are provided by Custom8: a full body measurement with an Ikelo bodyscanner and a visualization of the fit between the advised sleep system and the body profile with an idoshape sensormat.

visual Custom8 at Interzum 2015

Custom8 at Interzum 2015

Only a few days left and Interzum 2015 will take place, the largest trade fair in the market for furniture production and interiors and the perfect place to see Custom8’s intelligent bedding components.

The R-leaf, a new type of bed base module will be presented that provides an elegant and cost effective solution to actively adjust the stiffness of the mattress support without compromising the comfort level. Unlike the current available systems that are based on a change of the pre-tension of the springs or the height of the slats, this system will adapt the actual stiffness.

Visit us in Cologne from May 5th until May 8th at our booth (Hall 10.1, D-030), to discover our latest innovations.

visual Personalized sleep advice with Ikelo and Idoshape in Bedking Ergopolis

Personalized sleep advice with Ikelo and Idoshape in Bedking Ergopolis

With years of experience as ergonomical advisor on sleep comfort, Pascal Mannekens is now using the Ikelo bodyscanner and Idoshape sensormat to objectify the personal sleep advice in his shop Bedking Ergopolis.

A good sleep advice is based on an interview and a measurement of the important aspects of the customer’s body. A good sleeping system will conform to your body, without sinking too deep into the mattress. It will also provide a good micro-climate (heat and moisture regulation) during sleep, and will account for any health issues.

The body of the customer profile is first mapped with the aid of a ikelo body scanner. Subsequently, the deflecton of the mattress surface under the body of the customer is measured with the idoshape sensor mat. These measurements allow Pascal Mannekens to provide an objective sleep advice tailored to the customer using the Custom8 retail software.

visual Personal sleep scan by Equilli based on Idoshape sensormats

Personal sleep scan by Equilli based on Idoshape sensormats

Equilli is a new player in the Belgian mattress market offering personalized sleep comfort. They have developed a sleep advice system (Personal Sleep Scan) for their modular mattress range. It is based on the indentation measurement from the Idoshape sensormat.

personal sleep scan measures the indentation contours

why use indentation for a personal sleep scan?

A pressure measurement provides information about the contact pressure between the skin and the mattress surface. It is very useful in the medical field where pressure peaks should be avoided for bedridden patients. It is also used in mattress shops as a measure of the comfort level of the sleep system. However, it provides no information about the deformation of the sleep system and thus about the shape of the spine.The deflection measurement of the personal sleep scan provides the necessary information about how deep the important body parts (shoulders, waist and hips) are sinking into the mattress at different sleep postures (back or side sleeping).

visual Custom8 will exhibit at ISPA EXPO 2014

Custom8 will exhibit at ISPA EXPO 2014

Custom8 is exhibiting in booth 1561 at ISPA EXPO 2014, and we want to welcome you there!

We’ll demonstrate our new products like the µCliMat and the IdoShape, and we will be available to discuss your needs and to answer your questions.

visual Motivated technician

Motivated technician

For the production, assembly and testing of our sensor mats, and for the assembly and maintenance of our measurement devices, custom8 is looking for a motivated technician (m/f) with an understanding of both mechanical and electronic components of measurement systems.

a more detailed version of this job offer (in Dutch) can be found on the website of VDAB

visual Evolving technologies in sleep medicine – Finding the dream

Evolving technologies in sleep medicine – Finding the dream

Recently an interesting article was published by Johan Verbraeken in Breathe, the clinical educational publication from the European Respiratory Society

Nocturnal polysomnography (PSG) is the most important laboratory technique in the management of sleep–wake disturbances and is considered the “gold standard”. New sensor technologies are entering the field of sleep medicine, and rapid development in telecommunications and mobile technology has accelerated the introduction of telemedicine as a viable and reliable option. The present broad review article is an amalgam of the current knowledge with proposed new sensors and remote control.

The full article is accessible on line.

Prof Dr. Johan Verbraecken is the medical coordinator at the Multidisciplinary Sleep Wake Disorders Center Antwerp University Hospital (UZA), and an expert in respiratory sleep medicine for over 20 years.

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