Apple stops selling Beddit sleep monitor
Some five years after buying the business Apple has discontinued the distribution of Beddit sleep monitor.
The Cupertino outfit purchased the Finish-based sleep tracking company back in May 2017. At the time it seemed like a logical acquisition considering Apple did not have proprietary software for tracking sleep on its smartwatch at the time.
After the acquisition, Apple continued sales and integrated the Beddit support into its regular support. It even upgraded the product to version 3.5 towards the end of 2018. But that’s where development seem to have stopped. Since then the Sleep Monitor lost cloud syncing functionality, and support for Android was pulled along with some other features.
If you check Apple’s website now, you’ll notice that Beddit Sleep Monitor is no longer listed. The Cupertino outfit has quietly discontinued the product.
Head over to the Beddit website and you’ll notice that it is still live. But if you click on the “Buy” link in the top right-hand corner you get the following message: “The product you’re looking for is no longer available on apple.com.” This makes it pretty clear that Apple has killed the product.
What Apple intends to do with the sleep hardware remains to be seen. Now that it has a native app for sleep tracking on the Apple Watch, perhaps it might just use it for further research purposes. There is talk more sleep functionality is coming to the Apple Watch. The other possibility is that it might come out with its own sleep tracking device.
Beddit turns your bed into a smart bed and gives you insight into your sleep. Utilising Bluetooth and Apple iBeacon it enables totally automated sleep measurement. Now on its third generation, the device uses ballistocardiography, to measure nighttime activity.
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Thin as two sheets of paper, the sleep tracker is unnoticeable. All you need to do is place the sensor under your bed sheet. Located where your heart is, Beddit measures the person who’s physically on top of it. In the morning, you can check your sleep time, sleeping patterns, resting heart rate, breathing frequency and snoring time.
The Beddit app is still in the App Store so existing users should be able to continue using it. You might still be able to purchase Beddit via other retailers. However, if you’re after a sleep tracking solution looking at other options might be a safer bet.
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