MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named Sleep Number as the recipient of the 2017 Tekne Award in the Internet of Things category. Held Nov. 15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Tekne Awards honor companies and individuals who have played a significant role in developing new technologies that positively impact the lives and futures of people around the world.

Sleep Number is being recognized for its most advanced innovation to date – the Sleep Number 360™ smart bed powered by SleepIQ© technology. The new integrated design includes a proprietary algorithm and machine learning to intuitively sense and automatically adjust all night for an effortless and optimized sleep experience. Built on an advanced Internet of Things architecture, the technology and data gives users knowledge about how they are sleeping and the power to adjust variables that impact their sleep.

“Sleep Number is honored to be recognized by the 2017 Tekne Awards for the Sleep Number 360 smart bed,” said Annie Bloomquist, chief product officer at Sleep Number. “For three decades, Sleep Number has revolutionized the industry as a pioneer in sleep technology with a passion for improving lives through better sleep. This award recognizes our commitment to innovation and developing life-changing technologies for quality sleep and wellness.”

Tekne Awards were presented to 13 of Minnesota’s most influential companies and recognized innovations in software, healthcare, STEM education, workforce development, Internet of Things, cyber security, and more.

“Each year, MHTA honors the most innovative companies in Minnesota advancing technology at home and around the globe,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of MHTA. “Sleep Number is impacting the way people live, work and sleep, and the Tekne Awards recognize those achievements.”

This year’s Tekne Awards ceremony was emceed by meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas. A list of 2017 Tekne Award recipients and finalists is available online at http://www.tekneawards.org

About Sleep Number Corporation
Thirty years ago, Sleep Number transformed the mattress industry with the idea that ‘one size does not fit all’ when it comes to sleep. Today, as the pioneer in biometric sleep tracking and adjustability, Sleep Number is proving the connection between quality sleep and health and wellbeing. Dedicated to individualizing sleep experiences, the company’s 4,000 team members are improving lives with innovative sleep solutions. To find better quality sleep visit one of the 550 Sleep Number stores located in 50 states or www.sleepnumber.com. For additional information, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
MHTA is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity. We help bring together the people of Minnesota’s technology ecosystem and lead the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. Find out more online at http://www.mhta.org or follow MHTA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MHTA.

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