What OS does your bed run? I've been using iSleep for close to ten years, but it's just old hat now, compared to the new stuff. Dreamchaser just makes it look juvenile, and Z3 is simply sublime.

The SmartBed

The SmartBed is a fairly common, but relatively expensive piece of home furnishing. The mattress is thermoregulated aerogel wrapped in synthetic materials. The thing that makes the bed special is that it is connected to the CogNet, and has a lite version of the SimSense suite employed by Inemuri Salons. This is tied to the user's MUSE device and by default, their gesund auf. The bed's technology can track the level and quality of sleep being experienced by the user. The bed can adjust it's temperature and firmness for the physical health of the user, and it can stimulate and encourage sleep patterns. Utilizing the same basic technology as the immersive SimSense salon, the bed can monitor REM sleep patterns, and it can send small nudges to the sleeper's brain to guide it along to an optimal sleep pattern.

Smart sleep is the best sleep you will ever have.

What it is Not

The SmartBed is NOT a vessel to the Dreamlands, nor is it something that people can be trapped in (ala the trope if we break the connection, the person dies). It is not a SimSense unit as it cannot run dream programs, and does not actually do anything to the contents of a person's dreams. The technology of the Cosmic Era has a theme of corruption and unintended consequence. The SmartBed is not a corruptive tool, and it doesn't contaminate it's users, it has a more insidious affect. The regular access to SmartBeds inside of arcologies and other megastructures a part of the architecture that continues to feed arcopolarity, the division between those who live in the megastructures and those who don't. It also ties into the field of anthropotronics, with the beds working much like the Happiness Radiators. People who shake out of the arcos or are exiled often suffer from sleep deprivation issues as they lose their SmartBeds and have to work out how to sleep without them.

Consider that, not being able to sleep without machine assistance. Small wonder that exiles gravitate towards drug and alcohol abuse, and gadgets like emote cubes can command such a high price on the black markets.


SmartSleep is the outcome of the SmartBed, and it is used as a correction for the disrupted sleep patterns of denizens of the megastructures. These artificial environments keep their own hours and have their own paces that have little consideration for the activities of the pituitary gland and circadian rhythms. For a long time, residents of the arcologies and the space habitats used drugs to help regulate their sleep, or relied on screenery to fool their bodies into accepting the new sleep cycles the structures dictated.

Some call it digital addiction, technophilia, and worse, but it's best known face is Seijaku, or tranquility. There are certainly individuals who abuse SmartBeds, in the same way that a pillow can be misused. How do you misuse a pillow? Ever seen a drama where someone is smothered with a pillow, that's misuse. Seijaku is the mental and physical tranquility that comes from SmartBeds and SmartSleep. You can see the difference between someone who is getting that good seijaku sleep and someone who isn't. Restlessness, constant fatigue, an energy beverage clutched in one hand. Someone who is seijaku enjoys their coffee for it's rich taste, not it's caffeine content. They are well groomed because they aren't trying to wring every desperate moment of unconsciousness out of their night cycle, with seijaku you can get up an hour early to have your personal assistant do your hair and make up, enjoy a hot breakfast, and even catch up on the morning news.

The introduction of SmartBeds improved the sleep of users to the point that the technology was subsidized so that the devices were affordable enough for mass production. The technology propagated quickly. The beds all but sold themselves. Most of the modern industry is based around support for existing units (as the Cosmic Era has shied away from Planned Obsolescence, a SmartBed can be repaired, and has a functional lifespan measured in decades) and for software updates.

Mood lighting, ambient noise generators, scent simulation, that's the new hotness. Seaside is hot, light blue and green mood lights, wave noise, and a salt air diffuser. Like sleeping on a beach. Sonora is also hot, higher temp, dry pine scent. Fabulous stuff.

Jailbreaking and Hacking

Like any smart device, the SmartBed is vulnerable to being jailbroken or hacked. The OS has a variety of safeguards in it to prevent unhealthy use of the bed. The most common reasons for jailbreaking a smartbed is for someone to extend the maximum sleep duration, or to set it to minimum sleep cycle. Hacked SmartBeds can be used for stealing identities, via the link between the bed and the user's MUSE and gesund auf. A fairly common hack on SmartBeds actually sets the bed to disrupt sleep patterns, preventing good sleep, or preventing REM sleep, a fairly important phase in the cycle. Other prank hacks include radical temperature changes, or causing the bed to randomly change it's firmness settings.

Author's Note: Its a bed that makes you sleep good, inspired by the fact that I do have bouts of insomnia or don't sleep well.

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