Amazon is developing a tool to track sleep apnea
Amazon is developing a tool to track sleep apnea

Amazon is developing a new wearable device compatible with its Alexa voice assistant that can use radar to record and detect signs of sleep apnea.

The device uses millimeter-wave radar that is placed on the bedside table to record the user's sleep and breathing patterns and reveal the subtle details of the actions that sleep apnea can cause.

It should be noted that the idea of ​​using radar to monitor sleep is not new, and another high-tech company has tried to commercialize this technology.

In 2014, Nintendo announced a wearable device that can track sleep using radio waves.

However, less than two years later, Nintendo said: It is not known if the device could become a viable product and it was never released.

Last month, the Chinese company OnePlus announced a new smartphone concept that uses mmWave radar to monitor breathing.

The Amazon project appears to be in development under the codename "Brahms," based on German composer Johannes Brahms, who is suspected of having sleep apnea.

Amazon's in-house team has been developing the device since last year. In its current form, the device resembles a hex pad attached to a wire base.

In addition to sleep apnea, Amazon is reported to be planning to use machine learning and cloud technology to understand other sleep disorders.

This new device may be able to communicate with other devices and send notifications through a separate app.

Brahms represents Amazon's latest development in health technology.

Last year, the company released the Halo Fitness Tracker, a wearable device that costs $ 99.99 that scans a wearer's body and voice to improve your health.

Amazon insists that the Halo fitness tracker is not a medical device, and the company has also started a pharmacy service that sells prescription medications.

At this point, it might be easier to point out that Amazon hasn't tried to add its own voice assistant project as Alexa has appeared on everything from speakers to glasses, from ringtones to microwaves, to the use of microwaves over the past few years and trackers can be added. Quickly sleep to the list.

Amazon appears eager to join the increasingly competitive sleep tracking market, as Apple acquired Beddit in 2017, and other device manufacturers (such as Samsung) have made progress in this area as well.

The global market for smart sleep monitors is expected to grow about 16% annually, reaching $ 43.5 billion by 2026.

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