SAN RAMON, CA. (AP) – Google’s next home internet device will test whether consumers trust the company enough to let them sleep.
New sleep technology will be a key feature of Google’s latest version of its Nest Hub, a 7-inch smart display. Like the previous generation, the $ 100 Nest Hub can display pictures and videos with Google ձայն Voice Activated Assistant, in addition to fieldwork ենց homework. It also does not have a camera.
But a recent new trick from Nest Hub could help differentiate it from similar devices like Amazon’s Echo Show, while also providing a springboard for Google to engage more people to help manage their health.
If you allow this, the device will also drop your sleep pattern from your bed, eliminating the need to wear a fitness device or other potentially disturbing device in bed. The feature, which Google plans to offer at least this year, is based on a new chip called Google Soli, which uses radar to detect movement, including the depth of a person’s breathing.
The Nest Hub is expected to generate weekly reports on sleep-impaired sleep quality, how often a user wakes up at night, snores, and coughs, as advised by the American Academy. Sleep medicine.
Google says it has improved the technology by studying 15,000 people sleeping for a total of 110,000 nights.
Such help may seem appealing to millions of people who have difficulty sleeping. But the feature can also cause privacy issues, especially given Google’s long history of online surveillance, collecting personal information such as interests, habits and location to help sell digital ads that generate the most revenue.
It underscores Google’s apparent intention to spread its tentacles in new areas of people’s lives in its relentless pursuit of more money. This was stated by Digital e Chester, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer իրավունք Privacy Rights Group.
“Google’s goal is to monetize every cell in your body,” Chester said.
The sleep-sensitive feature will remain free for the rest of this year, but Google may eventually sell it as a subscription service, said Ashton Udahl, senior product manager at Google Nest.
The company may also change the ability to work with its FitBit fitness devices, which Google launched in January. The $ 2.1 billion acquisition raised concerns that Google could use the device to study people’s personal health in more depth.
Google emphasizes privacy protection, which is built into the sleep-sensitive feature. For starters this is a great way to get word out. Nest Hub will also have controls that, according to Google, will make it easier when sleep is enabled and make it easier to delete data from the device.
Audio audio will be stored on the device, which means it will not be sent to Google Data Centers, although other sleep information will be provided for analysis and reporting. None of the information gathered through the sleep-sensitive function will be used to sell ads, Udal said.
But Chester is skeptical of that promise. Knowing an individual’s sleep pattern, for example, can help Google know when a person is anxious or sick, Chester says, and these perceptions can affect the display of advertisements.