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Posted by patrickklepek (6833 posts) -

Nintendo promised a "quality of life" initiative would be a new area of interest for the company, and we now know about its first project: a device monitoring your sleep.

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You don't have to wear Nintendo's device, however, separating it from the "wearable" category that's become increasingly popular in technology lately. Instead, the monitor hangs out on a bedside table.

Nintendo is developing the device in conjunction with ResMed Inc, a company known for treating sleep disorders.

The device will, in theory, seamlessly upload data to the cloud, and provide users information on the quality of the previous night's sleep and fatigue levels. Nintendo has not outlined how the software-side will work just yet.

It's possible a subscription will be sold alongside the device, but details on pricing and release date are coming later. Nintendo only promised the device would show up by March 2016. That's a ways away.

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#1 Posted by Naoiko (1673 posts) -

Huh. Kinda nifty idea, just weird that it is coming from Nintendo.

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#2 Posted by Spitznock (1195 posts) -

変だなぁ

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#3 Posted by Snail (8908 posts) -

Ironically, I can't sleep because I'm too busy playing Smash Bros.

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#4 Edited by slyspider (1827 posts) -

Nintendo is a weird company....

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#5 Posted by Steadying (1905 posts) -

I for one welcome our eventual Nintendo overlords.

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#6 Posted by teh_destroyer (3695 posts) -

I will look forward to Jeff's ql on it.

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#7 Edited by MattyFTM (14883 posts) -

Is this the kind of direction they were planning on heading with the Vitality Sensor? And then it morphed into this, maybe?

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#8 Posted by Midjet (162 posts) -

I think it's cool that Nintendo wants to expand their business. I'd like to sugar coat it by thinking that Nintendo wants our lives in general to be better, 'cause that seems like a Nintendo thing to do.

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#9 Posted by Player1 (4181 posts) -

As somebody who has had a lot of trouble sleeping over the years, this interests me.

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#10 Edited by OllyOxenFree (5015 posts) -

No.

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#11 Posted by spraynardtatum (4384 posts) -

I don't know how this isn't anything but creepy to people. For some reason there is an audience that gets huge boners about this kind of stuff.

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#12 Posted by cloudymusic (2098 posts) -

A device that hangs out on your nightstand, uploading data about the movements it detects in/on your bed. Hmmmmm...

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#13 Posted by Corevi (6796 posts) -

The Vitality Sensor is back!

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#14 Posted by Lyfeforce (449 posts) -

Well this seems really weird.

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#15 Posted by MancombSeepgood (418 posts) -

Whatever happened to that heart monitor thing?

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#16 Edited by Lausebub (549 posts) -

The company they're working with made this sleep monitor:

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Assuming they put put something like this with Nintendo, it could be interesting if they tie it into an app or even "game" comparable to Wii Fit. Not having to do anything is one benefit, but these non-contact monitors are actually more precise because they can measure their surroundings well. It's definitely weird, but Wii Fit was weird as well and it turned out to be a hit. It's smart of them to take a different approach and not make a smartband or smartwatch like Microsoft, Google or Apple. That would've been suicide.

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#17 Posted by FattyLobotnik (75 posts) -

Virtual Ryan's 2016 GOTY

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#19 Edited by ArsenalFan (108 posts) -

Nintendo really needs to hire some MBAs to save the company from itself.

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#20 Posted by DuncanKeller (80 posts) -

I don't know how this isn't anything but creepy to people. For some reason there is an audience that gets huge boners about this kind of stuff.

I'm not sure what's creepy about it, unless you think that Nintendo is using this to predict your sleep patterns and send crooks to steal your valuables in the night.

Even with that possibility (inevitability?), I still think this is a cool idea.

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#21 Posted by helvetica (152 posts) -

I am down! I've used Sleep Cycle to see what my quality of sleep is and find that stuff fascinating.

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#22 Posted by spraynardtatum (4384 posts) -

@spraynardtatum said:

I don't know how this isn't anything but creepy to people. For some reason there is an audience that gets huge boners about this kind of stuff.

I'm not sure what's creepy about it, unless you think that Nintendo is using this to predict your sleep patterns and send crooks to steal your valuables in the night.

Even with that possibility (inevitability?), I still think this is a cool idea.

Makes me feel like a lab rat.

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#23 Posted by Lausebub (549 posts) -

I don't think their business model involves selling your sleep data to advertising companies. They want to sell you hardware.

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#24 Posted by hanktherapper (420 posts) -

Don't you people see what Nintendo is trying to do? They want to subliminally put Nintendo products into your dreams so you want to buy more Nintendo products. It's how they plan to sell more WiiUs. Think about it with an open mind and you will see I am right.

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#25 Posted by Thoseposers (972 posts) -

If this is reasonably priced and collects and gives legitimate data and feedback then i will totally try it out

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#26 Posted by Sterling (4134 posts) -

Isn't there a phone app that already does this?

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#27 Posted by spraynardtatum (4384 posts) -

@sterling said:

Isn't there a phone app that already does this?

There's like a billion things that already do this.

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#28 Posted by deactivated-5a72087901fb1 (106 posts) -

Can anyone enlighten me how a device that sits beside my bed might record any meaningful information on the quality of my sleep? I don't even see how it would detect that I'm asleep in the first place with a useful level of accuracy.

I have about as much faith in this as I have in a nintendo ds game telling me how intelligent someone is.

If it's proper biomedical tech that works and is based on real science then awesome.

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#29 Posted by SlinkDickens (79 posts) -

@ianh83 said:

Can anyone enlighten me how a device that sits beside my bed might record any meaningful information on the quality of my sleep? I don't even see how it would detect that I'm asleep in the first place with a useful level of accuracy.

I have about as much faith in this as I have in a nintendo ds game telling me how intelligent someone is.

If it's proper biomedical tech that works and is based on real science then awesome.

I don't know about other hospitals, but I know that if you do a sleep study through Kaiser, they send you home with a digital video camera to record you while you sleep. Then you take it back to them and a doctor (or someone) looks at it and analyzes it. AFAIK, this is the typical method of analyzing sleep problems.

I have no idea what's happening on the backend of that exchange, but I can't believe that a human being is actually watching hours upon hours of people sleeping. My guess is that they use software to do some analysis in broad strokes and flag potential problems that a doctor then reviews. Maybe that's what Nintendo is doing here.

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#30 Edited by SlinkDickens (79 posts) -

@sterling said:

Isn't there a phone app that already does this?

There's like a billion things that already do this.

Everything that I know of that does this well require the user to wear something. If this device works well, it will my preference since you don't need to wear anything.

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#31 Edited by Dalai (7869 posts) -

I don't know how this isn't anything but creepy to people. For some reason there is an audience that gets huge boners about this kind of stuff.

That audience surely would like Nintendo's next QoL product which monitors your masturbation habits.

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#32 Posted by fishless (87 posts) -

uh...

...WHAT?

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#33 Edited by ripelivejam (13049 posts) -
shhhh.....
shhhh.....

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#34 Posted by Fitzgerald (610 posts) -

In the year 2020, Nintendo releases the ultimate virtual reality console. Imagine a device that broadcasts games into your brain while you sleep, turning your dreams into virtual worlds of adventure.

It's called... The Dreamcast.

...wait.

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#35 Edited by Niceanims (1753 posts) -

Already use something like this on my phone. It's called SleepBot.

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#36 Posted by villainy (812 posts) -

Quick they're asleep! Shh.. shh.. okay.. start the tape. "Nobody cares about the Ps... The frames don't matter... First party is the only party..."

/s

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#37 Posted by sunbeam4 (28 posts) -

I wonder if we'll see nintendo smartphones in the near future.

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#39 Posted by TheHT (15762 posts) -

nintendo no you may not.

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#40 Posted by Shaderone (11 posts) -

If they want to improve my 'Quality of Life', they gotta let me turn off the 3DS's pulsing blue light when I have it on my bedside table.

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#42 Posted by selbie (2550 posts) -

No sleep til Reggie

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#44 Posted by DayOneAdvantage (117 posts) -

No thanks. Just more games, please.

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#45 Posted by L33T_HAXOR (938 posts) -

Yeah, I'm real glad they're not pursuing making games as a Third Party, so they can do this instead.

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#46 Posted by crithon (3979 posts) -

uhhh.... maybe. Healthy sleep scheduled is important but I do think Nintendo does have problems with some main character's motivating you especially Wiifit and Brain Age.

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#47 Edited by MormonWarrior (2945 posts) -

Um...why? That's an odd business move.

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#48 Edited by confideration (577 posts) -

Hey guys, people other than your healthcare provider having information about your health is a DANGEROUS and very slippery slope. Young people, please consider the reasons we have HIPAA http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/

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#49 Posted by InfamousBIG (3308 posts) -

@lausebub said:

The company they're working with made this sleep monitor:

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Assuming they put put something like this with Nintendo, it could be interesting if they tie it into an app or even "game" comparable to Wii Fit. Not having to do anything is one benefit, but these non-contact monitors are actually more precise because they can measure their surroundings well. It's definitely weird, but Wii Fit was weird as well and it turned out to be a hit. It's smart of them to take a different approach and not make a smartband or smartwatch like Microsoft, Google or Apple. That would've been suicide.

So what you're saying is fuck Wake Up Club, it's time for Sleep Club?!

...that sounds like an idea that I can get behind.

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#50 Edited by daedelus (108 posts) -

@confideration: It's not a slippery slope. And HIPPA is more about your doctor and insurance and employer. It doesn't really apply to say a health app you use to track your weight. Obviously, Nintendo shouldn't share this sleep health information with a third party. But I think Nintendo has been trustworthy in the past with the Wii Fit. Since wii fit hasn't led to scandal(it tracks your weight) I don't see this as alarming at all. I think its cool and interesting and a great way for Nintendo to differentiate itself from the competition which is all focused on graphics. I want to track my sleep health as sometimes I don't sleep well.