motherboard.vice.com - 6 days ago
Nintendo Is Still Dreaming of a Sleep-Focused 'Quality of Life' Device
Nintendo is fully awake again after years of drowsy sales and ho-hum releases, in part thanks to the excitement over the successful launches for the Nintendo Switch and the NES Classic..
Strangely, though, the company is really insistent on getting people to associate it with sleep. Back in 2014 the legendary gaming company announced it was working on a QOL (Quality of Life) sensor that would sit on your bedstand and monitor your vital signs, such as the movements of your body and heartbeat, while you sleep. The device would then relay the information to cloud servers, and then you'd get a handy report informing you what you'll need to do to catch some more Zs. Oddly enough, Nintendo seemed content to sleep on it, as we haven't really heard any updates about the device in years. And yesterday, at last, the company reaffirmed the project's existence in a paragraph nestled at the bottom of the research and development section of its annual report for 2017. "Our aim is to enable consumers to make daily efforts to improve their QOL in a fun manner by making sleep and fatigue status visible and offering various services based on this information," this year's report said. It may seem like a strange project for a for a gaming company, but the motion technology involved in the sleep QOL device likely springs from the same tech used for the motion-focused Wii and Switch devices.
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