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Samsung’s venture capital arm has provided a bridging round of investment to consumer sleep tech business Earable Neuroscience.

The Frenz Brainband, manufactured in Vietnam and the United States, claims to stimulate and monitor the wearer’s brain activity to enhance their quality of life in several ways, including concentration, sleep, and relaxation. With its bone-conduction speakers and artificial intelligence (AI), the $490 wearable gadget provides customized sound.

Tam Vu, now the company’s CEO, created Earable in 2018. The Frenz Brainband, which has 15 patents, is the result of over a decade of study by Vu and colleagues at the University of Colorado and Oxford University.

In the pre-series A funding led by Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, the company raised $6.8 million. As of the last quarter of 2023, it plans to initiate its series A investment round.

The Frenzband site claims the product accurately monitors several biofeedbacks (breathing rhythm, SpO2, heart rate, and head motion), as well as brain signals (EEG), facial micro-muscle movements (EMG), and eye motion (EOG).

FRENZ AI’s built-in bone-conduction speakers play user-tailored CBT-i audio material designed to help them fall asleep or stay focused.  It’s supposed to help you fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep longer.   FRENZ claims the quality of deep sleep is improved by its one-of-a-kind algorithm.  After numerous sleep sessions, 86% of participants reported a reduction in the average delay to fall asleep.

FRENZ declares its EEG sensors are safe, and they do not use electrical stimulations. It employs just audible cues and is inconspicuous.  They want to release a kid-friendly version very soon.

According to a tech report, headphones that transfer sound waves via the bones in the user’s skull rather than the ear canal are known as bone conduction headphones or ‘bonephones.’

The user’s skull bones will vibrate to magnify the sound waves, letting them listen to the device’s music without blocking their ears. This is helpful for those who have trouble hearing or rely on their sense of hearing to keep them safe.