Sleep Robot


UX / UI Design

If ever something could be described as oddly comforting, it's the Somnox Sleep Robot—a bean-shaped cuddly robot designed to be spooned while you sleep. For Somnox, I designed the application that comes with the robot, including a collection of soothing sounds and breathing exercises. Helping your body to synchronise to a slow, steady breathing rhythm that sends you off with ease.


The challenge

With only 4 more weeks before the Sleep Robot hit the market, I joined the Somnox team to improve the design of their application. By updating the user flow and visual design we were able to set the right mood, as well as improving the readability and navigation of the app.

User flow Somnox App

The user flow of the app was improved to provide more intuitive navigation. The onboarding process was simplified from 19 to just 8 steps, and the home screen was set to offer direct access to the four most important features of the robot.


Smart and easy setup

The home screen offers direct access to different sleep programs, sleep statistics and recommendations. Via the status screen, that is accessible when connected over Bluetooth, users can always check in with their Sleep Robot, check battery levels and update their software. 


Breathing settings

To make setting up your Sleep Robot as easy as possible, the app predicts a comfortable breathing tempo based on your gender, age and body mass index and then allows you to fine-tune it until the pace feels right. You can also set the breathing on adaptive mode, in which the robot automatically adapts to your breathing rate. 

App in use

“Setting up the Somnox takes no more than a minute. Using factors like gender, age, and body mass index, the app predicts a comfortable breathing tempo, and then allows you to fine-tune them until the pace feels right.”

Arielle Pardes, WIRED


Development: Hoye Lam (iOS) & Job Engel (Android)
Awards: Red dot & IF Design award 2019