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Published on July 24th, 2013 | by Greg


Sound+Sleep Nomad: Rest Better While Traveling

Spend quite a few nights on the road? Whatever the reason, it’s almost certain that your rest is important to you. Jet lag and road rage are forms of stress, and one of the best ways to relieve and deal with stress is to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep. A nice bed can only go so far, and counting sheep doesn’t work for many people. Maybe it’s time to consider a sound machine!

The Sound+Sleep nomad is a fairly cute, portable, and easy to use speaker that includes a variety of different sound profiles that they call SoundStories. That might sound fairly limited, but the true differentiation is the adaptive listening, where the device “listens and responds to the background sounds in your environment and automatically adjusts the volume of the machine to mask disruptive ambient noise”. We were a bit skeptical- we’ve all heard the various background noises, babbling brooks and soothing bird calls before- but we did notice quite a bit of difference with the nomad.

It’s pretty nifty that each time you listen, the nomad actually creates a dynamically mixed selection, “composed in real time from nomad’s comprehensive library of high-definition sounds”. You can adjust the richness, and add up to four levels of complexity. There are a few different types of the natural sounds, but the basic options include rain, white noise, brown noise, an electric fan, a meadow, waterfall, and the ever-popular (and effective) ocean. You can choose to play your sounds all night long, or for 30, 60, or 90 minutes. The unit puts out plenty of volume, and can be powered either via the usual AC adapter or with a pair of AA batteries (not included). It might have been nice to include rechargeable ones, as well as a carrying case. The build quality is also only so-so though, and we have seen apps or even dock systems like those from PURE that do a decent job of creating ambient noise and even offer more sound options- but nothing that is quite as realistic and varied as the nomad. Unlike other systems that we’ve seen, you won’t notice a track on repeat!

If getting some solid sleep has proven problematic due to insomnia or outside noise, then you should definitely consider trying out a sound machine. Blocking external noise is tough, but you can add your own with the nomad- available now for around $100.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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