Fitbit may soon add snoring and noise detection features to its devices, a move that may please spouses and partners who are plagued by snoring, and it will also interest those who may have health conditions from snoring.
According to a report, the latest version of the Fitbit app in the Google Play Store has begun to allow Fitbit’s microphone (in devices with a microphone) to listen to “environmental noise, including potential snoring,” after the user falls asleep.
However, this feature obviously consumes the device’s battery seriously, and as stated in the release notes, the idea of a sleep tracker to monitor noise all night is a bit creepy. This feature is called snoring and noise detection, and it monitors including snoring from you or the person next to you.
It analyzes the noise level and tries to find specific snoring sounds. When Fitbit detects a noise event that is greater than the baseline noise level, it will try to determine that it is picking up the sound of snoring.
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Of course, the snoring tracker cannot distinguish who is snoring, whether it is the Fitbit wearer or the other person in the bedroom. The release note advises users not to play white noise or other environmental sounds in the bedroom, as this may interfere with snoring detection, and recommends that users charge the Fitbit to at least 40% before going to bed, because “this feature requires more frequent charging.”
The description does not indicate how users should deal with information about snoring, but because snoring and the conditions that may cause snoring can seriously affect sleep, this may be a useful indicator to pay attention to.
Fitbit will also introduce “sleeping animals” as part of an upcoming standalone feature, although it seems to be in an earlier development stage than the snoring detector. It seems that every different way of sleeping is associated with an animal – and it’s not entirely clear how users use this information, or how animal images are displayed in the app. But according to the description, the person who sleeps restlessly is a bear, the person who sleeps short is a hummingbird, the person who sleeps firmly is a tortoise, and so on.
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