Full review: TechGadgetsCanada.com
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Got a snorer in your home? Sometimes it’s nice to have a piece of technology cross your desk that solves a problem you DON’T have. In my home, we’re not snorers (does everyone say that?) so when I was sent a sample of the Smart Nora anti-snoring device, I was trying to figure out how to best test it. The answer? Give it to a couple where one of them DOES have a snoring problem and get them to report back. Guest blogger Kevin and his wife graciously agreed to test out the Smart Nora for a couple of weeks. You can read his full review at TechGadgetsCanada.com.
For now, here’s the basics on how it works and how it helps curb snoring.
The Smart Nora device is placed beside your bed, with a tube attached to an inflatable pillow insert that fits under your pillow and within your pillowcase. A small microphone receiver, called the Pebble, is placed on your night stand, or can be affixed to the wall via a holster. When the Pebble detects snoring, it triggers the base to inflate the pillow insert. That raises your head, which in turn alters your airway and ideally puts a stopper on that evening’s log-sawing.
Using a device like Smart Nora means you can use your own pillow and sleep however you prefer; back or side.
The setup process for the Smart Nora was simple. The base houses the inflation mechanics, the Pebble is the acoustic sensor, and the pillow insert is what adjusts your head to stop your snoring.
There’s a standard USB plug-in for connection with the Pebble, or you can also use it wirelessly via Bluetooth. Also in the package is a power jack for charging the main unit, and tubing to connect the pillow insert.
The Smart Nora comes with a few travel adapters, implying the it’s portable but it’s not really small. It’s about the size of a lunchbox so you’d definitely need to make room for it.
The Pebble sensor is designed to be adjustable when you use it, and it can be made more or less sensitive, depending on how loud it is in your home, if there’s street noise coming through or if you have pets prone to making noise.
A small pair of buttons on the bottom of the Pebble lets you control the sensitivity. If the Pebble is set up on a hard surface, a quick press on the top of the device triggers the on/off bar, and a pinhole light on top lets you know it’s on or off. *The Bluetooth button on the bottom of the Pebble talks to the base unit itself without issue, and the
So how does it work? Let’s take a close up look at what happens… when you start snoring.. and please don’t mind my fake imitation snoring for the purposes of this video… the pebble senses it and automatically triggers the air to start flowing into that badder. That raises the pillow shell.. and you’ll see here why it needs to be hard sided, because it’s got to lift your head to move it out of its current snoring position.
The Smart Nora does make **some noise when it’s inflating but it sounds like a low level buzzzzzzz or a small swarm of bees. After a time, the pillow will then slowly deflate.
Overall, my snoring-plagued testers say Smart Nora did work for them. The said it was quiet, easy to set up and use and above all when tester Kevin did start snoring, the Smart Nora gently forced hi to adjust his head position, stopping the snoring in its tracks.
They recommend it, and after Kevin’s test period I asked him if he enjoyed it enough that he’d like to keep the Smart Nora, and it was a resounding ‘yes’ from him and his wife. I’d say that’s a pretty good barometer of its success.
Smart Nora sells for $299 USD from the company’s website. They do ship to Canada to.