A recent document from the FCC discloses that Apple is working on a device that can monitor sleep. The filing states that Beddit will be responsible for the design of the future device, and it also includes a unique blueprint of the device.
Beddit, a company established in Finland, was purchased by Apple in May of 2017, in case some readers have forgotten. The acquisition was a brilliant idea at the time it was made. There is no built-in software for monitoring sleep on the Apple Watch, despite the fact that it features a multitude of sensors that monitor your activity and health. Considering that the battery life now hovers around the mark of a day and a half, including this feature does not make a whole lot of sense.
Beddit is an intelligent device that can be added to your mattress and provides you with information about your sleep. The device provides fully automatic sleep analysis by making use of Bluetooth 4.0 and the iBeacon platform developed by Apple. It is as inconspicuous as a sheet of paper and as thin as two pieces put together. Beddit does not come into contact with your skin, and once it is installed, it does not require any additional effort. All you have to do is put the detector under your blanket and let it do its thing.
In the morning, you will be presented with information regarding the length of time you slept, the patterns of your sleep, your resting heart rate, the frequency of your breathing, and the amount of time you spent snoring. The tracker analyzes each of the significant aspects of one’s sleep and compiles the results into a single, easy-to-understand score called the SleepScore. This provides you with a quick assessment of how well rested you are.
Following the completion of the transaction, Apple maintained its sales of the product and even incorporated Beddit’s help into its existing network of customer service resources. However, it would appear that the Cupertino company has more ambitious goals in mind. According to this newly granted patent, an Apple version of the product is likely on its way in the near future.
It makes complete and utter sense to market sleep tracking devices as stand-alone products. Given the current state of affairs, it is possible that it will be at least two years before the Apple Watch’s battery life advances sufficiently to warrant the addition of a native app for managing sleep. An Apple-branded product, as opposed to a Beddit product, is going to have stronger integration with the company’s current sensors. Also, an Apple-branded product might have extra features, like being able to work with smart homes.