The Kokoon NightBuds are, like the Amazfit ZenBuds or Bose Sleepbuds II, designed to be worn in bed so as to help the user fall asleep. To this end, they measure just 5.4 millimeters in depth, although they are not TWS. They have launched via Kickstarter, where they have amassed nearly 15 times their goal.
Kokoon is a company that claims to have been making sleep-promoting headphones for the last 7 years. Its latest products, however, are wireless earbuds directed at the same use-case. The NightBuds fall into the emerging category of smart audio wearables that can be worn through the night so as to help improve the user’s sleep.
These NightBuds have a depth of 5.4mm, compared to the 9.1mm of the ZenBuds and the 12.7mm of the Bose Sleepbuds II; furthermore, Kokoon asserts they are about 391% slimmer than the average earbud. Then again, they are not truly wireless, being connected by a kind of skull-conforming band that is worn around the back of the head and secured there with its coil-like connectors.
This head-band contains the NightBuds’ battery and USB type C charging port (which may explain why the actual buds are so thin). Their sleep-related functions are described as deployed through AI technology informed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) techniques.
They include distraction techniques, in which a user’s chosen podcast or other audio stream is played until they fall asleep; and masking, by which rhythmic music or other track types are played in order to block or tune out noise. The earbuds can also detect when this has helped the user get to sleep through optical blood-flow sensing and accelerometers.
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Deirdre O’Donnell, 2020-10-16 (Update: 2020-10-17)