It was an awfully quiet time for Fitbit after it was acquired by Google, but it looks like the US company is actually working on new things. While we’re not talking about a new wearable device right now, we’re sure to see another Fitbit branded product soon.
For those of you who already have one Fitbit smartwatch or fitness tracker, new functions are expected to come your way in the next few weeks. The people of 9to5google just discovered a few unannounced features Fitbit is looking to add to its wearable devices via software updates.
The first is called “Snore and noise detection“And does exactly what its name suggests: It tracks snoring sounds by activating your Fitbit device’s microphone. The feature can detect not only your snoring but also that of someone next to you. According to the report from 9to5google, the function works as follows:
- Sound intensity: We analyze the noise level (how loud or quiet it is) to determine the basic noise level.
- Snoring events: We are looking for sounds specific to snoring. When our algorithm detects an event that is louder than the noise floor, it does a calculation to decide whether it is snoring or something else. If the noise level in your room is higher than the snoring, this feature may not be able to detect the snoring.
The problem is, your Fitbit wearable device makes no distinction between your snoring and that of the person next to you, so the results are shown as a percentage that tells you how long you’ve been snoring, your smartwatch can detect the ambient noise in your bedroom and rate them on a scale from “very quiet” to “very loud”. Naturally, since these features use your portable device’s microphone all the time, they will drain the battery. For this reason, Fitbit recommends that you charge your device to at least 40% before bed and that you do not play white noise or other ambient noises while you sleep.
Finally, Fitbit is working on another feature called “Your sleeping animal“As it is still in early development, unfortunately no details on this sleep-related feature are currently available, although 9to5google has found a dozen sleep profiles in the Fitbit app: Restless Sleeper, Segmented Sleeper, Shallow Sleeper, Short Sleeper, Slow to.” Fall Sleeping Sleeper, Tight Sleeper, Short Sleeper, The Bear, The Dolphin, The Giraffe, The Hummingbird, The Kangaroo And The Turtle.