It's that time of the Year again, and sleep remains as important as ever. Sleeping well during the pandemic can be challenging, yet it can be an essential source of healing and much-needed recuperation. For this Year's Cyber Monday, Pillow's Premium Features will be available at a50% discount for a year.
Those who upgrade now will also benefit from the features of our upcoming big update that will be Pillow v4.0. It's our biggest update yet, and it is right around the corner.
Stay safe and healthy, everyone! With a lot of love from our team at Neybox.
Sleep tracking should be as easy and effortless as possible. With Pillow v.3.6 we’re (finally) introducing automatic sleep tracking using the Apple Watch. This is a very big update that took a lot of time and effort to make sure it works as expected and at the same time feels like a natural addition to Pillow’s existing features.
Here’s a quick overview of what’s new in this version:
Automatic sleep tracking with the Apple Watch
Automatic sleep tracking means that Pillow no longer requires you to press any buttons to track your sleep. If you have an Apple Watch, simply enable Pillow’s “Automatic” mode once and just wear your Apple Watch during sleep. As long as Pillow’s Automatic mode is enabled Pillow will automatically detect and analyze your sleep every day. You can open Pillow anytime during the day to check your sleep analysis, set your mood or add notes to that sleep session.
One thing that’s worth noting is that Alarms and Audio recordings are currently not possible in Automatic mode due to the way Apple Watch and watchOS works. However, we’ll keep looking for ways to bring this functionality.
“Manual” mode is still there
If, for whatever reason, you don’t like Automatic mode or you want to use your iPhone or iPad to track your sleep, you can turn off Automatic mode and switch back to Manual mode. Every single feature available in manual mode is still there and it’s not going away. Manual mode is still a very popular way to track sleep with Pillow and we’ve got great new features coming up for those who want to use Pillow in that mode.
Introducing the Sleep Diary view
Since the very first version of Pillow, when you launch the app, you are taken directly to the Alarm Setup view where you see a picker that you can use to set up your wake-up time. That’s great if you want to use Pillow in manual mode. However, it doesn’t make sense when you when Automatic mode is on. We also felt that Pillow was always missing a view where you can easily get a quick and meaningful summary of your sleep every day. Those two problems led us to create what we call the “Sleep Diary“ view.
The Sleep Diary gives a quick and visual overview of what matters when you want to get an idea of how well you slept last night: Two concentric rings, one for the Time Asleep and the other for your Sleep Quality for that day, and a list of all the detected sleep sessions in a condensed and simplified form. Tapping on each one of the detected sessions takes you to the detail view where you can get in-depth information about that night.
The Sleep Diary is only accessible if you enable Automatic mode both from the iPhone and the Apple Watch. However, we’re working on a major redesign of Pillow that will provide access to that view in both Automatic and Manual modes.
The Sleep calendar
An important part of the Sleep Diary view is the Sleep Calendar. Tapping on the calendar icon on the top right corner displays a monthly calendar that lets you access previous days. If Pillow has detected one or more sessions for that day, you’ll see a little purple dot. Tapping on a day that doesn’t have any sleep sessions detected, will take you to that day and Pillow will automatically try to detect any sessions, provided that you did wear your Apple Watch during sleep. That’s a great way to detect sessions in the past, and you can go as far back in time as you want!
Sleep reports via Rich notifications
You can select to receive a notification when Pillow detects a sleep session or schedule that notification to appear after a specific time. Pillow uses rich notifications so that you can view your sleep report and sleep stage diagram without having to open the app.
Merging and expanding sessions
Last but not least, this update gives even more flexibility in the way you can handle detected sleep sessions. Pillow's edit session dialog now allows you to increase the duration of your sleep session by adding time at the beginning or end of the sleep session or merge two sleep sessions as long as they are less than six hours apart.
Now that Automatic sleep tracking mode is done we’ll be working full speed in our next major version, Pillow v.4.0 that will bring many new features and a complete redesign that will make Pillow a lot easier and intuitive to use. Subscribe to our mailing list if you want to receive news and updates about any upcoming features and updates.
Pillow is available for free on the App Store and the new Automatic Sleep tracking features come as a free upgrade to all existing users. Enjoy!
In small amounts, stress can be beneficial and even healthy. It’s a mechanism that motivates and activates your body to concentrate and complete the task at hand. The bad news is that too much stress can be devastating. Excessive stress sometimes is hard to notice and has the potential to cause so much damage in our physical and mental health experienced over extended periods of time, that it has been named “The silent killer”.
Developed in collaboration with Limbic’s innovative team, we came up with an idea to build a card that would allow you to monitor your stress levels on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. The Stress Levels card uses data gathered from a specific set of Apple Health categories to estimate your stress levels using Artificial Intelligence. The result is a stress level score from zero to one hundred percent. A low score between 10-30 indicates that you are very calm, a score between 40-60 is an indication that you are neither calm but not too stressed either and a stress level above 60 is an indication that you are likely under significant stress.
So all you need to do to use the Stress Levels card is wear your Apple Watch and add the card on your dashboard. Today will monitor and estimate your stress level score automatically and update it throughout the day. Don’t be surprised by the values that you will get when you first use the card. Thanks to the use of Artificial Intelligence, Limbic’s algorithm has the ability to learn and improve its accuracy over time. Stress levels estimation is a very complex process so we recommend that you use the card for at least 15 days to get the most reliable result possible.
It goes without saying that that the Stress Levels card is not a substitute for any kind of medical and psychological procedure that is meant to help you measure and manage your stress. If you believe that you experience excessive amounts of stress and you’re worried that this may have an effect on your wellbeing, our recommendation is to consult a certified expert.
Today's comes with a lot of customization options and an easy way to share your status with anyone you want.
It’s World Sleep Day today, and it goes without saying that this is a special date for Pillow. For us, it’s first and foremost an excellent opportunity to ask one simple question: How does sleep affect my life? Sadly, it’s not a question that gets asked often enough, although it’s surprisingly easy to answer with all the technology and resources that is available out there.
So we urge you to ask yourself this simple question and if by any change you’d like to use Pillow to help you find the answer we’re offering all our Premium Features at a 40% discount just for today.
<tl;dr>As of a couple of days ago, Timeless has been removed from the App Store. Due to compatibility issues with iOS 11 and since we are currently lack the resources to properly adapt the app to the new frameworks, we sadly decided to pull it down. We will do our best to rebuild the app and release it again, but unfortunately (for now) no promises can be made on if or when. Thank you for your continued feedback and support!</tl;dr>
We started developing Timeless back in 2012, almost by accident. We were working on very different things back then with no immediate intention of entering the world of mobile apps. The whole thing started by a rough wireframe of the app that Panos has created as a side project; a fully featured timer, pleasing to the eye and easy to use, with an interface very different from what mobile was offering at the time.
2012 means iOS 6 (actually the app was mostly developed on iOS 5). Despite skeuomorphism being the norm, we favoured the idea to make an app in a totally different direction. As far as the design is concerned, Timeless was a leap forward: Instead of a button infested interface, we went for a flat approach and a UI that used gestures and device orientation for most of the navigation tree. The result was an app that could be used fluidly with a minimal friction for the end user.
Implementing Timeless was not easy; all native iOS components were designed to accommodate the skeuomorphic trend and very few of them could fit into our concept. So, we made a lot of things from scratch. From the duration selection pickers (that were so also inherited to Pillow) to a custom scrolling panel for navigating between different timers, everything was made from the bottom up. Endless (admittedly failed) attempts to put the concept in the device were made before, finally, getting it right. I vividly remember a time that we would have to scrap weeks of work because the resulting prototype was performing miserably on older devices (which was then the iPhone 3GS; our benchmark at the time).
Despite all, the reception of Timeless was better than we could have hoped for. We had the chance of being favourably reviewed by many prestigious publications and featured on the App Store. In fact, Timeless was still being promoted until the day we pulled it from the store. User reviews were also more than encouraging; people embraced the concept, praised the ease of use and the clean interface and continuously pushed us forward to extend, expand and improve the app.
After releasing the first version, and while Pillow was already starting to form in our minds, Timeless remained a priority. We constantly added new features and made sure to keep the app up to date with all the latest developments. Timeless made 4 major versions and many more minor ones. It was always one the forefront of adapting new iOS features such as the notification centre widget and the Apple Watch. In fact, Timeless was one of the first apps in its categories with an Apple Watch extension.
Sadly, all good things come to an end. Fast forward five years from 2012 and Neybox has grown significantly; we now have both Pillow and Today that are apps with great potential and a very long (and challenging) roadmap. We wish to have the capacity to maintain Timeless as well, but unfortunately this is not an option at the current moment. So, with a heavy heart, we decided to pull it from the App Store. We will make our best to bring it back, but we cannot make any promises as to when will that happen.
Timeless will always have a special place in our hearts: it has been our first app, we literally learned mobile by making it and we were exposed to the whole process of designing, building, releasing and promoting a product. We experimented with technologies, experienced frustration and enjoyment in many consecutive circles. The joy we got making it was the driving force that kept us into mobile development and guided our work in the years that followed. Even more than that, it was the app the practically solidified Neybox; it was the proof that we could do beautiful things and fuelled us for moving forward together. In that sense, for us, it is irrelevant of how many downloads Timeless had or how much money it made. It is (and will be) one of our most successful endeavours.
One of the biggest reasons we started working on Today was our realization that successful habit tracking and formation are at its core a very personal matter and that is precisely the way a good habit tracking app should look and feel. The concept of using cards with unique functionality to create your custom dashboard that suits your personal needs to track your particular habit lies at the core of that notion.
We decided to ship the first version of Today with seven types of cards, with the plan to add many more, introducing new functionality and integrations with other services and apps. Today we are delighted to announce the newest member to the family of Today’s cards: “Welzen,” a card to help you track and develop your meditation habit, one of the most popular types of habits tracked in Today.
This new type card is the first of many cards that will integrate with other apps and services. This one is the product of our collaboration with our friends at Welzen. Welzen is an excellent meditation app made by a talented and passionate team that cares deeply about Mindfulness and has put a lot of effort to bring you an app that will help you take advantage of the scientifically proven benefits of meditating. It comes with plenty of great features and a continuously updated selection of guided meditations for everyone, helping you fight stress and anxiety, increase your focus, sleep better, improve your relationships and creativity.
Using the Welzen card in Today is as simple as adding any other card. Add it to your dashboard, and it will immediately display the Mindful Minutes that you have recorded in Apple Health using Welzen. It will also display the latest meditation that you recorded in Welzne and quick way to launch the app and start your next session. The Welzen card is available in Today as a free update for all our users and the first of many more new cards that we are currently working on. As an added bonus you will find two new photo covers in Today's gallery inspired by Welzen.
Create a meditation habit with Today, add Welzen’s card and start meditating.
It’s finally here! Today for the Apple Watch is now ready to help you track your goals, build your habits in a powerful and intuitive way.
A natural fit
Forming a new habit is all about being aware and mindful of the process. Tracking your progress and getting all the insight that you need to stay motivated with the least amount of friction. This is what we envisioned for Today on the iPhone right from the very start and led us to an app that hundreds of thousands of users enjoy every day.
Today for the Apple Watch is a natural extension of that feeling. Instead of trying to replicate every single feature of the iPhone app, we created an app that distils the experience down to the essential actions that fit perfectly on that tiny magical device on your wrist. The result is a lightweight app that remains delightfully informative and complements what you experience on the iPhone.
Your overall progress at a glance
The main screen of the Apple Watch app displays a ring with your overall goal for each day: The total amount of check-ins you have to do based on your habits due for that day. It’s a great way to get a quick feeling of how well you are doing.
Below that ring, you get a list of all the habits due for the day with the beautiful cover you chose for each one of them and their progress as well. Tapping on each habit leads to a screen where you can check-in on the habit or scroll down to check your weekly progress, current and overall streak.
Close that ring
The complication of the Apple Watch is the same ring that you get on the main screen of the app. It feels right at home next to your activity rings and provides a quick and easy way to access the app. Without a doubt, the convenience of that little ring alone is an excellent reason to earn a permanent place on your watch face.
With the first version of the Apple Watch for Today successfully released, we’re working hard to bring you the next set of features, including more flexibility in the information displayed, easier input and innovations that we can’t reveal just yet 😉 It goes without saying we’re always open to ideas and feedback!
The first big update for Pillow in 2017 has arrived packed with many improvements, fixes, and much-requested features. Here’s a quick look at what’s in this version:
Heart rate analysis during sleep
Pillow’s advanced sleep tracking and analysis algorithm takes another leading step forward by introducing heart rate analysis during sleep time. Being the first of its kind to provide this kind of depth and accuracy, Pillow now displays a detailed graph of the heart rate during each sleep session. The heart rate graph is overlaid on top of the sleep analysis chart to provide unprecedented insight into the changes in the heart rate during each sleep stage. Tapping on the graph, it is possible to view individual heart rate values and review high, low and average values for the entire sleep session as well as the same values for each stage of sleep.
To do that, Pillow uses heart rate data from Apple Health as they are gathered by wearable devices such as the Apple Watch, provided that the user has given explicit permission to Pillow to use those data. Also, Pillow on the Apple Watch has been updated to include the heart rate chart during sleep along with the sleep analysis chart.
The integration of Heart Rate analysis from wearable devices marks the step towards the realization of a greater vision that we have for Pillow. To connect with a wide variety of services and smart appliances that share relevant data and functionality with Pillow so that it may become the heart of the sleep monitoring and improvement experience.
A radically updated Apple Watch app
The release of Pillow of the Apple Watch and the subsequent release of Apple Watch OS 3.0 combined with valuable feedback from our users lead to so many changes and improvements that we practically re-wrote the entire app. Firstly, Pillow for the Apple Watch is now a lot easier to use requiring fewer steps to start and stop a sleep session and the entire UI has been cleaned up to load faster and be more informative. We’ve also made significant improvements in the way sleep session data is synced at the end of the session and we’ve added a completely new heart rate analysis view in the statistics.
Of course we’re still at the beginning. We have so many more updates and ideas for Pillow on the Apple Watch, some of which also depend on the evolution of the watchOS itself. A lot of people ask us why Pillow on the Apple Watch doesn’t perform automatic sleep tracking. Pillow’s algorithm uses motion data recorded from the Apple Watch to perform sleep analysis and this data can only be obtained if the user explicitly starts a session from the Apple Watch as required by watchOS 3. Other apps that claim to automatically detect sleep start and stop times don’t use motion data which, based on our research and tests, leads to wildly inaccurate sleep analysis.
We are very optimistic about the future of the Apple Watch and watchOS as we closely monitor any enhancement and improvement that becomes available to third-party apps like Pillow. Automatic sleep tracking, use of haptic feedback for the alarm, audio recording using the Apple Watch are features that we definitely want to implement once those technical obstacles are overcome.
Time to sleep and better detailed sleep statistics
Knowing how much time it took to fall asleep each night is valuable information and may explain various decisions and choices that may have affected sleep quality. This is why now Pillow comes an updated sleep analysis view to accommodate precisely this kind of information. In addition, we’ve made a number of updates in the detailed statistics views so that it is now easier to compare Time asleep vs. Time in Bed on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
More options and customisations
Pillow v.3.1 comes with many more improvements and enhancements including the much requested ability to customise the level of the alarm volume and the duration of the sleep aid sounds. Last but not least we’ve updated Snooze lab with more insights, tips and improvements that we hope that you will enjoy.
Automatic sleep tracking on the Apple Watch and the future
Pillow on the Apple watch uses motion and heart rate data recorded from the Apple Watch to perform sleep analysis. However, motion data can only be obtained if the user explicitly starts a session from the Apple Watch as required by watchOS. Automatic sleep tracking on the Apple Watch is currently possible using heart rate data only, which based on our research, can lead to very inaccurate sleep analysis. That said, we are working on ways to use heart rate data in other interesting ways including automatic sleep start and stop time detection. Hopefully, the ongoing evolution of the Apple Watch will lift many of the currently imposed restrictions and we promise we'll do our best to make Pillow as frictionless to use as possible!
Another version of Today hit the App Store. This one brings a few of the much awaited and requested features that sit on the top of our mind-bogglingly long list of things we have in store for the future.
Here's what's new in Today v.1.2:
First and foremost we’ve got a widget for the notification screen that supports both iOS 10 and iOS 9. The notification widget displays all the habits due for the day. Tap on the habit’s circle to check-in or tap on the habit’s title to open the habit directly in Today. Simple, right?
What if you want a habit to be private or you don’t want it to appear in the notification widget for whatever reason?
You can now mark any habit as private. Private habits won’t show up in the widget and all your reminders for that habit will hide their data and just display a generic “It’s time for a check-in”. To set a habit as private, simply open the settings panel of that habit and turn the ‘Private habit’ switch on.
Reminders in Today use notifications which got a big upgrade in iOS 10 with the introduction of Rich Notifications. All notifications in Today, except those that come from habits marked as private, are Rich, allowing you check-in right from the notification screen and review important information about each habit.
New Apple Health Cards
Last but not least, we've updated the selection of available Health cards in Today to include new Health metrics also introduced in iOS 10. We’ve added: Swimming Distance, Swimming Strokes, Wheelchair Distance, Wheelchair Pushes and Mindful minutes all of them free for everyone to add to any habit.
Our main focus for the next version is primarily the Apple Watch app. We've made good progress on that front and we can't wait to share more. More cards and service integrations are on the way and we've got a big list of smaller but really important features.
Summer ends with an announcement that we were very eager to make for quite some time. Today v.1.1 has been successfully released after being months in development. It took a bit longer than we expected but we believe that it was worth it. This is a big update that brings new features and paves the way for even bigger ones. Here’s some of the highlights:
Multiple Daily Check-ins
Ever since the launch of Today back in March, this was by far the most requested feature. In hindsight it made total sense: There are so many habits and activities that require tracking an action multiple times within the day and a good habit tracking app should support that at its core.
Building this into the app, however, was not as simple it might seem. To do this right we had to rethink and restructure core parts of Today. From the way you setup a habit for the first time to support multiple daily check-ins to the way you track your daily progress and calculate your streaks.
In the end this was for the best. Today now tracks multiple daily check-ins beautifully and the rebuilt engine behind it now allows for greater flexibility in the way the you can setup your habit allowing
for weekly and monthly habits as well.
Better habits overview
The work we did to support multiple daily check-ins lead to even more improvements. All habits now display their target frequency right on the cover so that you don’t have to look for it in the habit settings. You can now also check your progress simply by looking on the new circular progress bar that appears not the top left of each habit cover.
To help you track your habits even more efficiently we added a new screen, the Habit Progress View, where you can easily check your progress and edit your check-ins for the day. It is instantly accessible by tapping on the circular progress bar on the top right or from the streak calendar.
Lastly, the habits overview screen. The circular progress bar that you find on each habit cover is now visible in the habits overview screen so that you can see how well you are doing across habits.
Multiple custom reminders
This was a no-brainer for the proper implementation of the multiple daily check-ins but it’s available to any type of habit regardless of its frequency. Setup as many reminders as you need for each habit to get reminded as often as you deem suitable.
Today now speaks Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Spanish! We’re planning to support more languages in upcoming releases of Today and we’re always open to suggestions. In the meantime your feedback is invaluable to us. Please let us know if you notice any phrase or word in Today that might seem weird or unsuitable for the given context.
A new version of Today is about to be released very soon with many improvements and fixes. Most importantly the next version will introduce a brand new notification widget. Reminders in Today come in the form of iOS notifications which got a big upgrade in iOS 10 with Rich Notifications. The upcoming release of Today will also include support for this neat new feature that will provide a data-rich context for your habit as you get notified.
Today for the Apple Watch is also in the works but it won't make it into the next release. We promise it will worth the wait!
Today v.1.1 wouldn’t be possible without the help feedback from our beta team. Thank you so much for your help! If you want to help us make Today better and try our the latest features first you can be part of our beta team
We hope that you enjoy Today and stay with us, we’ve got great things coming up.