Nintendo Patent Reveals Designs of Quality of Life Device
A recent patent filing has revealed the rudimentary designs of a sleep-monitoring device for Nintendo's health-oriented Quality of Life products.
The Internet sleuths at NeoGAF have unearthed a patent filed by Nintendo of Japan for what is presumably one of the first devices of its upcoming Quality of Life initiative (courtesy of IGN). The patent provides concept drawings of what the device looks like, depicting its unique features. At first glance, this sleeping-monitoring device appears to be a glorified smartphone dock. You leave this object by your bedside, presumably with your smartphone docked into it, and it will be able to project images onto the ceiling of your room while playing audio from its speakers (forget my health, I want this thing to play Netflix and video games). The device is allegedly going to have a microphone and camera, or it might be able to use both from your mobile device, to monitor your sleeping habits.
The description claims that the device is able to assess your emotions based on your physiological stats, which it monitors when you're nearby. Based on the drawings, the product syncs to some kind of scale-like device to track your weight and remind you that you play video games too much and don't exercise enough.
I should chime in and say I used to work at a hospital for a few years and never saw any kind of device that could track your physiological information without being clipped onto your body somehow. Unless you're a snorer of Mario-like proportions, it might be hard for this thing to hear you breath while sleeping. Nevertheless, this device's sensors supposedly record your pulse, temperature, breathing rate and other kinds of health-related statistics about yourself, which is calculated and sent to Nintendo's servers to give you a calculated sleep score, encouraging you to improve your personal habits by the time you return the next day, especially when it comes to sleep.
While Nintendo has yet to make any official announcements yet regarding its Quality of Life initiative, these health-enhancing devices are expected to launch sometime in 2016.
100 Video Game Facts You May Not Know