WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Fitbit users can soon use their devices to detect snoring while sleeping.
- The new feature, called Snore & Noise Detect, listens to “noise including snores from you or someone next to you” while you sleep.
- The feature is yet to be made available to all Fitbit users.
Fitbit devices could soon detect snoring and other ambient noises while sleeping.
This new feature could prove to be useful for those who suspect that their snoring is a sign of a possible health condition, as well as the partners of the snoring population.
A report from 9to5 Google decompiled the latest Fitbit app version in Google’s Play Store to learn more about the feature.
Through the new feature called Snore & Noise Detect, the Fitbit’s microphone can detect “noise including snores from you or someone next to you” while you sleep.
Noise level is analyzed to try and isolate “snore-specific” sounds. When it detects a noise louder than the baseline noise level, the device tries to determine if the noise is caused by snoring or something else.
However, the tracker is unable to distinguish where the snores come from: the wearer or someone else in the bedroom.
The 9to5 Google report pointed out that this feature could easily drain the device’s battery. Fitbit advised users to charge their devices to at least 40 percent before going to bed, since the feature leads to “more frequent charging.”
The idea of a device listening “throughout the night” could also feel creepy. Fitbit also advised users to avoid playing white noise or other ambient sounds in the bedroom to avoid interfering with the snore detection.
While the app’s release notes did not indicate what to do with the information about snoring, it may be a useful metric. Snoring and other noises can disrupt sleep.
A separate upcoming feature will introduce “sleep animals.” According to 9to5 Google, it seems to assign a different animal to each style of sleeping: a solid sleeper would be a tortoise, a short sleeper would be a hummingbird, and a restless sleeper would be a bear, among others. The feature is still in earlier stages of development compared to the snore detector.
Snore & Noise Detect is yet to be made available to all Fitbit users. 9to5 Google was also not able to fully test the feature.
Fitbit is yet to give a comment about the new feature.
Source: The Verge