Fitbit may soon be adding snore and sound detection to its devices, a move that is likely to please the spouses and partners of the snoring population and will be of interest to those for whom snoring is a sign of a possible health condition.
According to a report 9to5 Google, which has decompiled the latest version of the Fitbit app into the Google Play Store, this feature allows a Fitbit microphone (on devices that have one) to listen to “ambient noise including your possible snoring,” after you go to sleep have fallen. Not only would the feature drain the device’s battery significantly, the idea of a sleep tracker monitoring sound “all through the night,” as stated in the release notes, is also a bit creepy.
The 9to5 Google report says the feature is called Snoring & Noise Detection, and it checks “sound including snores from you or someone next to you.” It analyzes the noise level and tries to find “snore-specific” sounds. When the Fitbit detects a noise event that is louder than the base noise level, it tries to determine whether it is picking up snoring or something else.
Of course the snore seeker cannot distinguish who is snoring; the Fitbit carrier or someone else in the bedroom. The release notes advise users not to play white noise or other ambient noises in the bedroom that could interfere with snore detection, and suggests users charge their Fitbit to at least 40 percent before going to bed, as “this feature should be increased more often. charged “.
The comments don’t specify what users should do with the information about snoring, but since snoring and the conditions that can lead to it can be seriously disruptive to sleep, it can be a useful measure to watch out for.
Fitbit will also introduce “sleeping pets” as part of a separate upcoming feature, it said 9to5 Googlealthough it appears to be in much earlier stages of development than the snore detector. It seems that any different sleeping style will correlate with an animal – and again, it’s not entirely clear what users do with the information, or how the animal images would appear in the app. But according to the report, a restless sleeper would be a bear, a short sleeper a hummingbird, a solid sleeper a turtle, and so on.
Snore and noise detection is not yet available to all users, and for so long 9to5 Google enabled the feature long enough to set it up, it was unable to fully test it. Fitbit did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.