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How Amazon may soon be monitoring your sleep patterns

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Amazon will be able to use radar sensors for the purpose of monitoring consumers’ sleep patterns. At this time, Amazon has not specified which device could potentially host this technology, or when it might be released.

It’s a very mysterious kind of radar coming to an object that is still unknown. Amazon has just been licensed in the United States to use radar. The proposals involve monitoring consumer sleep patterns with a radar sensor that is able to detect movements in sleep and allows new contactless sleep tracking features.

On June 22, Amazon asked the Federal Communications Commission – which regulates the airwaves – for permission to market a device that uses radar. The application relates to a three-dimensional motion capture technology.

Users could be able to control its functions with very simple movements and movements, according to the company.

Uses and benefits

According to Amazon, this ability could still be useful for people with speech, tactile or mobility disabilities and would enable sleep monitoring with great precision.

“The use of radar sensors in sleep tracking could improve the attention and control of sleep hygiene, which in turn could provide significant health benefits for many Americans,” Amazon said in its file. “Radar sensors allow consumers to recognize potential sleep problems.”

The company did not fully describe a given device in its application, but said that this would not be a mobile device and only work connected to a power source. The new feature may soon be announced in an Echo Show, Amazon’s connected screen. IB

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