A new FCC document reveals Apple has a sleep tracking gadget in the works. The filing shows a single blueprint of the upcoming device and reveals that it will be designed by Beddit.
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For those that may not remember, Finland-based Beddit was acquired by Apple in May 2017. The purchase made perfect sense at the time. The Apple Watch has a plethora of sensors that keep tabs on your activity and health, but no native sleep tracking software. Adding this currently does not make too much sense considering battery life lingers around the day and a half mark.
Beddit adds intelligence to your bed and gives you insight into your sleep. Utilising Bluetooth 4.0 and Apple iBeacon the gadget enables totally automated sleep measurement. Its thin as two sheets of paper and totally unnoticeable. Beddit doesn’t touch your skin and once installed, requires no further hassle. All you need to do is slip the sensor under your bed sheet and let it do its thing.
In the morning you get data on your sleep time, sleeping patterns, resting heart rate, breathing frequency and snoring time. The tracker also looks at all the important elements of sleep and summarizes them into one simple number – the SleepScore. This tells you at a glance how well you’re rested.
After the acquisition, Apple continued sales of the device and even integrated the Beddit support into its regular support channels. But it seems the Cupertino outfit has bigger plans in store. This new patent suggests an Apple spin on the product should land in the near future.
Releasing standalone sleep tracking hardware makes perfect sense. The way things are progressing, it may take a couple of years before battery life on the Apple Watch improves enough to warrant adding a native sleep app. An Apple-branded (rather than a Beddit), product is going to have better integration with the company’s existing sensors, and may even introduce additional functionality such as smart home integration.
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