Nintendo Patent Suggests Sleep-Tracking Device

28 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Nintendo ‘Working On A Sleep Tracking Alarm Clock With A Built-In Projector’.

A patent for a Nintendo sleep-tracking device surfaced last week, nine months after the Japanese gaming company announced its “quality of life” initiative.According to patent sketches on Neogaf, the alarm clock-sized gadget will include a microphone, camera and sensors to measure the user’s pulse rate and temperature.

Published in a NeoGAF forum, the patent provides an early peek at the gadget, which looks more like an alarm clock than the sleek image Nintendo shared last fall. The legendary game developer has been pretty tight-lipped about its new “NX” console along with its “Quality of Life” initiative, promising only to tell us more about them in 2016. The data collected will be used to assess the user’s emotional state and calculate their daily ‘sleep score’, with the results being projected on the wall or ceiling.

While the entire document is written in Japanese, the abstract has been penned in English, suggesting an “information processing system [that] detects sensor information for assessing a user’s information.” “It would be permissible, as an example, for the sensor information to be sound information which is detected by a microphone, or image information which is captured by a camera,” the patent said. It’s not entirely clear whether the gadget is a dock for the user’s smartphone or a two-part gadget, but it appears to include a built-in set of speakers in the alarm clock-like base unit. The NeoGAF user linked to seven patents in total, including one for a projector, which could cast an image—perhaps the user’s pulse or sleep cycle—onto the ceiling. In October, the late Satoru Iwata teased an image of Nintendo’s new healthcare device, which reportedly uses microwave transmission sensors to collect data and prescribe better sleeping habits.

Dubbed S+, the “contactless sleep sensor” was reported to combine a bedside monitor, smartphone app, and Web-based app, initially expected to launch in March 2016. It uses a variety of input to give you a sleep score, which sounds like an incredibly effective way to introduce stress into an otherwise pretty relaxing activity.

Nintendo has always understood something about our relationship to technology on an elemental level, something that shone through with the Wii but goes all the way back to Donkey Kong, the first game to introduce a concept of a narrative.

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