Track the sleep data of 5 people around the world with this website

Data lights up efforts of entrepreneurs around the world.

 

Selena Larson

Tech

Published Oct 3, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 9:06 pm CDT

Eaman is an entrepreneur in Addis Ababa who slept nine hours this week. She’s one of five people around the world who are powering The Never Ending Stories with their dreams. 

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Five people from Sweden, Ghana, Ethiopia, the U.S. and China are equipped with Beddit sleep trackers, which monitor sleep patterns, duration, location, and heart rate. The data is sent to the The Never Ending Stories website via an API, and when asleep, their data lights up stories from dreamers around the world. You can view the dreamer’s sleep data, which is updated in real time throughout the day. 

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The Never Ending Stories series highlights educators, nonprofit workers, and entrepreneurs who are working to make communities safer and healthier, tackling big ideas like digital literacy and mental healthcare for rural children. The site is a universe filled with floating 3D objects, each of which contain a story, or a “dream,” of pursuing social change. 

You can interact with each floating object to see the story, and drag your cursor through space to find the biographies of the five dreamers and the stories they’re highlighting. The website and story series was built by Swedish nonprofit incubator Reach For Change, which supports and funds entrepreneurs building service to improve the lives of children around the world. 

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Some of the projects include a traveling van that provides free books to children in rural Ghanian communities, and providing schools with proper sanitation and toilets so periods don’t keep girls from attending classes. 

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The website was based on the beloved cult movie The NeverEnding Storyin which a young boy must use his imagination to save a kingdom at risk of being lost to darkness. 

The Never Ending Stories are lit up by the data of the dreamers, and highlight the change people are affecting across the globe while others are sound asleep. 

Photo via The Never Ending Stories

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*First Published: Oct 3, 2015, 3:10 pm CDT