Google Nest Hub’s Upgraded Sleep Sensors Will Uncover Who is Snoring in Your Bed


Google has updated the sleep tracker built into the second-gen smart display Nest Hub to better track a user’s sleep via radar and sound. The upgrade allows the intelligent display to recognize who is snoring, coughing or making other noises in bed at night.

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Google unveiled the latest version of the Nest Hub in March, announcing several improvements over the previous device. The company highlighted the new sleep sensing system as a technical feat that would help people get a better night’s sleep. The feature uses Google’s Soli low-energy radar technology to track a sleeper’s movement and breathing. This data is combined with audio, visual and temperature changes recorded overnight to create a complete picture of the user’s sleep patterns. Google processes the information to create advice for a better night’s sleep, e.g. B. Personalized bedtime schedules and other tips.

The updated version of the feature goes into more detail about using better algorithms to record the time spent in different stages of sleep. The improved audio algorithms help keep tracking focused when more than one person is in bed. The Nest Hub filters out snoring and other noises outside of the room the user is lying in while calibrating the system. That way, a significant other’s restless night won’t distort the data collected by the smart display.

“Our improved algorithms mean you get even more detail about your sleep. Combining your sleep information with disruption events can help you better understand what’s happening while you sleep,” Google Nest Product Manager Ashton Udall explained in a blog post. “For those who share their sleeping space with others – partners or pets – your display will now only show coughs and snoring originating from your calibrated sleeping area. Any coughing and snoring that occurs outside of your range will appear on the new Other Sounds timeline. This new timeline will also show other loud noises.”

Google developed the sleep tracking feature after seeing data showing at least 20% of Nest Hub owners have it next to their bed. The feature is free until 2022, but will become part of the $10-per-month Fitbit Premium subscription service in 2023. The healthcare radar is starting to spread, as shown by the FCC, which approved the same concept for Amazon to install in its devices in July.

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