Describing what Apollo is, exactly, isn’t entirely easy. It’s a wearable, but it’s not a smartwatch. There is no screen. There is an accelerometer inside the device to detect movement, but that’s it. There is no heart sensor or blood oxygen sensor or anything like that. Rather, there’s a haptic engine that delivers the vibrations (“vibes”) to the user on demand. Using the app you can trigger a vibe for sleep, relaxation, focus, or a few other vibes.
Smart Vibes uses AI to build a sort of user profile so it can deliver those vibes, day or night, without you having to request them. More importantly, the AI will detect when you’re starting to wake up and turn itself on to try to lull you back to sleep. As with most AI engines, the longer you use it, the better it works — in theory.
You can wear Apollo on your wrist with the included wristband, or you can remove that and attach a separate clip which you can use to connect the wearable to your shirt. As long as you can feel the vibration (and Apollo Neuro recommends setting the intensity so that you can just barely notice it) you’re good to go.
Of course, before we get into whether or not it works, it’s important to point out that the Apollo wearable costs $299 on its own and the SmartVibes subscription costs $79.99 per year, so if you want to catch up on your sleep, it’s going cost you. So let’s get into the data.