Google has announced that its second-generation Nest Hub will come with “Sleep Sensing” technology. The smart display is cameraless and uses Motion Sense with Soli low-energy radar technology, which was first seen on Google’s Pixel 4 device. The smart display is available for pre-order in the US and is priced at $ 99 (Rs 7,183). The company says the new hub has 50 percent more bass than its predecessor with a 1.7-inch driver. It will come in Chalk (white), Charcoal (black), Sand (pink), and Fog (blue) color options.
The sleep detection function is an optional function and can be deactivated via a physical button or via the app. It can be a valuable add-on feature for people who are not comfortable with a fitness tracker or smartwatch while going to sleep. .
Here’s how sleep detection works on the new Google Nest Hub
Motion Sense technology analyzes the sleeper closest to the screen based on their movement and breathing. It can also detect sleep disturbances such as coughing and snoring or changes in light and temperature in the room. This is done via built-in microphones and ambient light and temperature sensors on the smart display.
When the user wakes up in the morning, the sleep data can be accessed by asking “Hi Google, how did I sleep?” Users can check the duration and quality of sleep by asking Google Nest Hub or accessing it through the Google Fit app. The smart display will not only track the user’s sleep, but also help them sleep better.
Google says that “Sleep Sensing provides personalized bedtime times and personalized suggestions developed by a team of sleep scientists and using guidance from organizations such as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.” This data is compiled after analyzing sleep over several nights.
Google has also emphasized user privacy with this feature. There will be a visual indicator on the screen to let users know that the feature is enabled. Since this function uses Motion Sense technology, it cannot detect specific bodies or faces. Sleep data is processed only on the device and not on Google’s servers and users can delete the sleep data anytime they want. Also, sleep data will not be used for personalized ads.
Currently, the sleep detection feature is available for a free preview until next year. Currently the device is not available in India. The first-generation Google Nest Hub is available in the country for just Rs 7,499. The price of the new device is expected to be less than Rs 10,000.