Nintendo Sleep Tracker diagram (Photo : STGIST)
Nintendo has filed a patent application for an odd new sleep tracker device that Forbes reports doubles as a video game of sorts, monitoring sleepers as they get shut-eye. Part of the electronics company’s “quality of life” initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle, the system uses a ceiling projector gadget to monitor snoozing people, and seems to require a smartphone.
The application’s abstract includes some interesting wording. Not only will the health device keep track of people’s sleep via a “portable terminal,” but also evaluates the user’s “emotions.”
Nintendo’s monitoring system first uses sensors to collect information about the dozer. Some examples of data-collecting tools include a camera and microphone.
Its processing system then assesses the sensor’s readings. That allows it to analyze the user’s feelings.
The portable terminal will be in standby state such as when the display is off. During that time the system detects sensor data.
Nintendo’s patent filing includes the image of a docking station. This is likely the portable terminal, which could be a smartphone or other handheld device, according to Immortal.org.
The function of the new sleep tracker is not crystal clear. Based on the details of the patent application and the Japanese company’s position as the world’s largest video game manufacturer, it is feasible that the sleep data could be converted into a video game.
Numerous health and fitness trackers are already on the market, performing functions such as counting calories burned or steps taken, and checking heart rates. However, this is the first sleep-tracking device, according to The Next Digit.
The new technology has great potential. Some possibilities include monitoring various components of sleep, such as body temperature and motion.
Most sleep experts recommend that adults slumber for 7 to 9 hours daily. The activity is critical for a person’s physical, mental, and emotional health.
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