Some Fitbit devices will soon be able to detect snoring and other sounds. This will allow users to find out what type of sleeper they are.
In the news: Fitbit recently released a new update to its app through the Google Play Store. The 9to5Google website analyzed this update and found that it included many new features likely to be officially launched in the more or less near future.
For example, in the future, Fitbit will detect your snoring if you are using devices with a built-in microphone.
- Right now, Fitbit’s sleep analysis is pretty basic like most smartwatches. The tracker indeed measures your sleep cycle according to your heart rate via your wrist and your movements.
- But in the future, Fitbit intends to take advantage of built-in microphones. Once activated, the new feature will listen to ambient sounds during the night to detect possible snoring.
- The sound intensity and snoring noises are then analyzed throughout the night. You can then find out how much time you spent snoring in your sleep.
- Obviously, the app will not be able to determine if the picked up con is from you or someone else in the room. So if you sleep with a snorer, that will show up on your screen as well.
- In addition to the snoring analysis, you can also get an overview of the ambient noise in your room on a scale from “Very quiet” (less than 30 decibels) to “Very loud” (More than 90 decibels).
- The downside to this new feature, besides finding out you’re a hell of a snorer, is battery consumption. 9to5Google reports that Snore & Noise Detect forces you to charge your Fitbit more often. It is therefore recommended to always have at least 40 percent battery power before going to sleep.
Sleepy Animals: Fitbit also appears to be working on a system to name your sleep type. The originality here is to compare yourself to an animal according to the quality of your sleep:
- Bear: restless sleeper
- Dolphin: sleeper who sleeps in parts
- Giraffe: shallow sleeper
- Hummingbird: short sleeper
- Kangaroo: sleeper who has trouble falling asleep
- Turtle: good sleeper
Unlike snoring detection, this feature appears to be at an early stage of development. There is therefore very little information to relay other than the names of the animals chosen by Fitbit.