Fitbit may soon add snoring and noise detection to its products, which will likely please snoring spouses and partners and may be of interest to people who believe snoring could be a sign of health problems.
According to a Google report, the latest version of the Fitbit app on Google’s Play Store is able to detect ambient noise (that includes potential snoring), using its microphone.
The sleep tracker will not only drain the battery quickly, but the concept of an “overnight” sleep tracker monitoring noise as outlined in the release notes is scary.
Described in the 9to5 Google report as Snore & Noise Detect, it monitors snoring as well as noise from you or someone next to you.
Using noise analysis, it attempts to find specific snoring sounds. When Fitbit detects a noise event that exceeds the baseline level of noise, it attempts to determine whether it is snoring or not.
It is clear from the snore tracker that it cannot tell who is snoring; the Fitbit wearer or someone in the bedroom. According to the release notes, users are advised not to play white noise or other ambient sounds in the bedroom that might interfere with snoring detection, and should charge their Fitbit at least 40 percent before going to sleep since “this feature requires more frequent charging.”
There are no instructions for the use of snoring information, but because snoring and the conditions it causes can severely disrupt sleep, it is a useful metric to be aware of.
According to 9to5 Google, Fitbit is also planning to include “Sleep Animals” which will appear as a separate feature. Although it is much further away from being launched than the snore detector, there are still signs.
It seems that a particular sleeping style is associated with a particular animal – but again, it isn’t entirely clear what users will do with the information, or how animal images will be displayed in the app.
According to the report, a restless sleeper would be a bear, a small sleeper would be a hummingbird, a solid sleeper would be a turtle, etc.
Currently, snoring and noise detection are not available to all users, and while 9to5 enabled the feature long enough for Google to set it up, it was not able to fully test it. In response to a request for comment on Saturday, Fitbit did not respond immediately.