Amazon is reportedly working on a non-contact device that will be able to monitor for signs of sleep apnea.
This is according to an article in the Business Insider. This will apparently be a palm-sized hexagonal pad connected to a metal wire base that will sit on your bedstead. From there it will send out millimeter-wave radar to sense your breathing while you are lying asleep.
We’ve seen such technology in at least one other device. Back in 2018 we reviewed Sleep Score Max. The gizmo utilizes a radar-like system similar to the echo location system used by bats. The bedside device detects your sleep levels without touching you or the sleeping surface.
The Amazon device seems to be something along those lines. A gizmo that requires no mattress strips or wristbands to track your sleep. But it goes further that Sleep Score Max in the sense that it will be able to monitor for signs of sleep apnea.
The condition is characterized by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep. One billion people suffer from it to some extent.
The sleep tracking device is being developed under the code name “Brahms”. This is a reference to the Germany composer of Lullaby. The report says the team has been working on it for at least a year. The goal is to eventually extend the technology to monitor for other sleeping disorders.
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There are devices on the market that are already able to monitor for sleep apnea. Withings is leading the bunch with its Sleep Analyzer tracking pad. More recently the French outfit has extended the functionality to the Scanwatch. This makes the timepiece the first wrist device able to monitor for the condition. For the moment the watch is available in Europe, but it is still waiting for the nod of approval from the FDA in the US.
Other companies, such as Garmin and Fitbit, are also working on devices to battle sleep apnea. But we are yet to see anything materialize.
Amazon has recently launched Halo – a body fat measuring fitness band. If this latest leak turns out to be accurate, it would indicate the online retail giant has much loftier ambitions in the health and fitness space.
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