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Nintendo puts "Quality of Life" sleep monitor to bed

By Matthew Handrahan

Nintendo puts "Quality of Life" sleep monitor to bed

Fri 05 Feb 2016 10:17am GMT / 5:17am EST / 2:17am PST
Hardware

"We do not have the conviction that the [device] can enter the phase of actually becoming a product"

Nintendo has shelved its plans to release a sleep monitor, which was intended to be the first launch as part of a "Quality of Life" initiative announced in 2014.

The device was first detailed by former president Satoru Iwata in October 2014. It would have contained, "non-contact sensor measurement technology and sleep condition estimation technology," which would record and analyse data as the user slept. Upon waking, they would be given feedback about ways they could improve their lifestyle.

Nintendo had tentative plans to launch the device this year, though industry analysts have been questioning whether it would ever reach the market since August last year. In this case, the doubters were correct.

In a meeting with investors following the publication of its financial results, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima addressed the statues of the device even though he wasn't asked to do so.

"We do not have the conviction that the sleep-and-fatigue-themed [device] can enter the phase of actually becoming a product," Kimishima said, according to a translation from Wired. "We no longer have any plans to release it by the end of March 2016.

"On the other hand, we still believe there are things we can do in the general category of Quality of Life, and we will continue to study the possibility of expanding into this field."

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6 Comments

Bob Richardson Server Developer, Frontier Developments

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And thus it joins the Wii Vitality Sensor amongst Nintendo's pile of scrapped projects labelled "Neat idea, not much to practically do with it".

Posted:6 months ago

#1

Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing

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Health devices are a very hot item in Japan. There is extensive diversification among Japanese like Tronics companies that most people in the west never see. For example before the scandal, most people had no idea Olympus made anything except cameras when they have a gigantic medical division. You ride in Toshiba elevators etc etc. given their focus on family items, Nintendo obviously sees this is a natural outgrowth of their business. Unfortunately for them nobody else does.

Posted:6 months ago

#2

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Ha. Perhaps if they stuck that dead Vitality Sensor with the Sleep thingie and other functions you'd get in a fitness band into ONE device, added some mascot-themed mini-games and tied THAT new idea into the NX, mayyyyyyybe it would work out? Eh, whaddever. I'd have sunk R&D time into a multi-tasker and not a few ideas that didn't pan out. At the very least, the collectors would have a funky device and maybe a portable fitness game to go with it...

Posted:6 months ago

#3

Aleksi Ranta Product Manager - Hardware

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If i wake in the morning feeling all tired and aching from the sleep, i dont need a device that already tells me the obvious.
Also if the device were to give advice on how to sleep better, well that can be given out as pdf for free and i guess the internet is already filled with that sort of advice.

If you just want gadgets and useless stuff in your home well then this would have been the holy grail.

Posted:6 months ago

#4

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Aleksi, you just described pretty much every modern wearable fitness device. They're all useless to some extent because if you're not motivated to use them or even bother to not use them and don't look up that PDF or other info, you're the average consumer who buys into that stuff and then forgets about that purchase once the novelty wears off ;D

Posted:6 months ago

#5

Aleksi Ranta Product Manager - Hardware

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Yeah Greg. Sometimes this over abundance of technology just makes....me....tired. ZZZzzzZZZ.

Posted:6 months ago

#6

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