Nintendo Reveals Its First ‘Quality of Life’ Product: A Sleep Sensor
The first product of Nintendo's upcoming 'Quality of Life' platform is a device you set by your bed that analyzes your sleeping habits.
CVG reports that Nintendo's President, Satoru Iwata, has revealed the first Quality of Life product that the company has in the works: a sleep sensor. Unlike most modern fitness and health devices, the Nintendo sleep sensor will be non-wearable and is meant to be set on a nearby nightstand to monitor your vitals while you're in bed. This device intends to improve your fatigue levels as it keeps track of your various sleeping habits and vital signs. The QOL sensor will use non-contact radio frequencies to measure your breathing, heart rate and body movements without even touching you.
Iwata claims that the QOL sleep sensor is being made in a collaboration between Nintendo and ResMed, the "leading corporation in the world that develops, manufactures and markets medical equipment for the treatment, diagnosis and management of Sleep Disordered Breathing, COPD and other chronic diseases."
In terms of functionality, Iwata said the following:
We want to wear only things that are very comfortable when we go to bed. If we need to wear a device, say, on our wrist, or if we need to install some special equipment in our bed, we will sometimes forget, which therefore makes it hard to continue. Few people appear to enjoy having unusual objects attached to their bodies while sleeping. If we can make it so that the measurement can be done automatically while the user is sleeping, and if it can be done without any operation, the user does not need to wait.
The Nintendo President was proud to say that the device does not require to be worn, does not require physical contact, regulates itself, is automatic and does not need to be installed. You simply turn it on, leave it by your bed and it will update your statistics and vitals via a private cloud. You will be able to look up your results and check your history and feedback via your modern Nintendo game systems, smartphone or tablet device.
"When we look at the prevalence of smart devices today, if we can use them to help visually represent sleep and fatigue status, it would be a waste not to make use of them to, for example, check the status or offer service to users," Iwata said. "Not requiring users to go through the trouble of installing the product to start is another important key factor."
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