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A slow take on XeThru sleep monitoring

Slow Television, or slow TV is a term used for a genre of live "marathon" television coverage of an ordinary event in its complete length. It is by nature extremely slow paced but the concept gained substantial international attention when the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) popularized the idea by broadcasting a 7 hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen back in 2009. This might sound dull to the average TV enthusiast, but a new kind of reality TV concept was born, and it went against all the rules of TV engagement. The show didn’t consist of any story line, script, drama, nor did it have a climax, but it was still a huge hit with the Norwegian audience, all 1 million of them! Not bad, considering the population of Norway is 5 million. Hundreds of hours with long endurance TV has been broadcasted to the Norwegian people ever since and slow TV became sort of a cultural phenomenon. Now you can find online hours of knitting, hymn singing, cruise ships sailing, salmon fishing, etc. You name it, we're sure you will find it!

Norwegian slow tv shows

Pictures from successful Norwegian slow TV shows

You might wonder what does slow TV has to do with the XeThru technology. Going back in time, we realized that the slow TV concept was actually a modernization of artist Andy Warhol's slow movie Sleep from 1963, which showed his friend and poet John Giorno sleeping for 5 hours and 20 minutes. We just couldn't do anything less, but make a tribute to the concept and bring 6 hours and 50 minutes of our colleague Olav sleeping to the world.

John Giorno from the movie Sleep

John Giorno from the movie Sleep

So here's our take on Norwegian slow TV. There's absolutely no drama, no climax (as far as we could see) and pretty much no nothing. Just a guy sleeping throughout the night. The only thing we added was a “live" respiration and movement curve recorded with our X2M200 respiration sensor in sleep monitoring mode - which at least makes it slightly more interesting :) Enjoy!

Interesting time stamps in the video (aprox.)

  1. 00:01:00 – 00:01:40 Goes to bed
  2. 00:08:00 – 00:09:00 Falling asleep
  3. 00:10:40 – 00:11:10 Leg movement
  4. 00:42:20 – 00:43:00 Movement
  5. 01:25:00 – 01:25:20 Movement
  6. 03:20:00 – 03:23:00 Toilet break
  7. 05:51:10 – 05:52:40 Toilet break and checking laptop
  8. 06:48:20 – 06:48:50 Waking up