Last year Nintendo announced that they will be pushing a new market for consumers not based on gaming and entertainment, but for QOL (quality of life). This was an effort set forth by the late CEO of the company Satoru Iwata. The first product for this new market is a sleep monitor that tracks your sleeping habits through a microphone and camera and would project the analysis onto the ceiling. Recently this year the patent have been spotted by NeoGaf which may signal that Nintendo will follow through with Mr. Iwata’s re-imagining of the company.
The move by Nintendo isn’t surprising as today’s tech market have moved aggressively into the health market with company’s such as Fitbit, Garmin, and JawBone producing bracelets that monitors your heart beat and distance a person walks a day. Tying all that information received into analysis through apps the user can track their everyday health and adjust to their needs. Nintendo’s move into the tracking of a person’s sleeping habit and patterns is a branch off of that idea and their is a variety of market that can build off of that as well; apps being one of them.
So when will we see a prototype of the sleeping monitor? That is not yet known but like everyone else we’ll be keeping an eye out for it.