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New technology helps improve TV viewers’ sleep

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Finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep after watching the television or using a computer could be a thing of the past, thanks to new technology revealed at the OTTtv (television delivered over the internet) World Summit in London this week (8-10 November).

Cambridge-based Spectral Edge, a spin-off from the University of East Anglia (UEA), has developed Nighteq, which reduces the inhibition of melatonin production caused by the blue light emitted by screens, without affecting picture quality.

“Our technology is designed to work on production set top boxes or can be delivered via the cloud to existing consumer hardware,” said Christopher Cytera, Managing Director.

“Research demonstrates the impact that evening viewing has on sleep patterns, and Nighteq offers a simple way to help guarantee a better night’s sleep. Delivering the best possible user experience is central to consumers watching – and paying for – content on their TVs, tablets and PCs so we hope that service providers will start licensing Nighteq.”