With the launch of Google’s new Nest Hub, the company is making a bold and calculated move to secure a spot on your nightstand. Instead of just aiming to complete your day with reading Spotify and weather reports like before, the Nest Hub 2 will double as a real sleep tracker. It will help you to manage your night’s rest.
The Google Nest Hub and sleep detection
At first glance, it frowns; bedside sleep monitors are far from typical in the tracking space. However, this technology has already been implemented very effectively; although by smaller companies.
Instead of taking advantage of motion and heart rate sensors like a smartwatch, fitness tracker, or carpet tracker, bedside equivalents are playing the back burner. The Nest Hub’s sleep detection will take advantage of Google’s Soli low-energy radar technology. The goal: to analyze how the person closest to the screen slept.
She is able to register movements and breathing, sleep disturbances such as coughing and snoring; as well as changes in light and temperature, all without an intrusive camera or data leaving the device. And, above all, without you having to wear anything overnight.
The average wearable’s battery life has certainly improved significantly in recent years. But the method is still far from elegant. Tracking mats are less of a nuisance. But the precision of the technology can also vary considerably depending on your mattress; sharing your bed or rolling around a lot at night.
A new market to conquer
Startups like SleepScore and ResMed have already shown that this technology can work; by providing accurate sleep reports. Reports based on the same metrics that will be tracked by Google’s Nest Hub. However, as with any new field, bedside tracking needs some momentum and competition to grow.
The company may not have a reputation for harnessing the full potential of the acquired companies. But the indication that Fitbit will participate in sleep detection in the future makes that even more interesting to watch out for.
Unfortunately, there are no details yet on how Google will integrate the data collected by Fitbit wearables. Considering that Fitbit has long been the leader in sleep tracking, it’s not hard to imagine how Google could quickly enter the sleep tracking market.
If the Nest Hub turns out to be a compelling and accurate monitoring that users can place in the background, and there’s always the option of incorporating technology that accesses different features, like heart tracking, it’s is such a round system as we have ever seen.
So while the concept may seem like a gamble at first, the latest Nest Hub is, in fact, the perfect device to help Google set the benchmark for sleep tracking.
It’s also a big step forward for the Nest Hub itself. Over its lifecycle, the place of the original in the smart health home has become more difficult to pin down. The larger Nest Hub Max was more suited to kitchens and hallways; while a device like the Lenovo Smart Clock was a natural option for bedrooms.
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