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Gannon University students helping to pioneer the future of sleep technology

With the help of Gannon University students, Erie-based AcousticSheep is determined to solidify the state’s future in the tech sector.

With the help of Gannon University students, Erie-based AcousticSheep is determined to solidify the state’s future in the tech sector.

With the help of Gannon University students, Erie-based AcousticSheep is determined to solidify the state’s future in the tech sector.

Like many businesses, AcousticSheep started from humble beginnings. Originally developed as a personal solution for falling back to sleep after taking patient phone calls in the middle of the night, the first pair of their now globally successful SleepPhones® brand of sleeping headphones was hand-sewn, soldered and assembled at the founders’ kitchen table. 

Fast forward thirteen years and AcousticSheep’s SleepPhones® have earned worldwide popularity with over one million pairs sold to date. The company’s products are currently enjoyed by customers on every continent (yes, even Antarctica), and have received CES Innovation awards for five consecutive years. 

Having achieved global success with their sleeping hardware products, AcousticSheep is now expanding into the software market. The company currently has two software applications available for download, ‘The Beginning’ and the ‘AcousticSheep Harmony Project™’, or ‘Harmony’ for short. 

“The AcousticSheep Harmony Project™ is our second consumer-oriented offering and by far the most advanced piece of software we’ve released to date,” says Jason Wolfe, AcousticSheep co-founder, and Chief Technology Officer. “There are a lot of software and sound products currently available to the public that claim to help users improve their sleep. Unfortunately, we’ve found that most of these claims lack any supporting science. We’re using artificial intelligence in the form of proprietary genetic algorithms to produce layered soundscapes that may have some type of neurological or psychological effect on listeners. The end goal of this experiment is to legitimately prove what sounds actually have effects on listeners and how we can manipulate combinations of sounds to achieve specific results.” 

This artificially intelligent software initiative could not have happened without the immense amount of time and effort contributed by interns from Gannon University.  “This whole process has been about guiding a new generation of software engineers and marketers on how to build, implement and promote real-world software applications,” says Wolfe. “These students are receiving hands-on experience and real feedback in the construction and implementation of innovative software tools. The technology these students have helped us develop has undoubtedly helped prepare them for their future careers.”  

Two Gannon University students have helped AcousticSheep develop and market their newest piece of software over the past two years, and one of these individuals has gone on to receive a full-time employment offer. “The value these interns bring to the table is incredible,” says Chief Executive Officer Dr. Wei-Shin Lai. “We're thankful to be able to work with Gannon University in this capacity and to provide real-world experience and employment opportunities for these incredible students.” 

AcousticSheep products have won eight Consumer Electronics Association Innovation Awards, two Pennsylvania ImPAct Awards (Entrepreneur and Exports), and a Red Dot Design Award. Wei-Shin and Jason have earned recognitions such as Entrepreneur of the Year in PA (SBA), Entrepreneur of the Year in Western PA & WV (Ernst & Young), and Small Business of the Year with the Consumer Technology Association. For more information about the company, visit www.SleepPhones.com

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Media Contact:  
Andrew Dalton  
AcousticSheep LLC 
(877) 838-4790 ext. 709
andrew@sleepphones.com
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