Google’s latest Nest Hub may not be the only device that tracks your sleep using radar. Bloomberg reports that Amazon has received an FCC waiver to allow it to use 60 GHz sleep tracking radar. As with Google technology, you can control sleep problems without having to wear a device like the Halo band.
The technology could also be used for gesture navigation, especially for people with mobility or speech impairments that would prevent them from using conventional commands. Amazon was not shy about drawing comparisons with Google – the company quoted Pixel 4’s radar when they asked for a waiver.
Amazon did not provide many clues about the products that would use radar tracking, but they described the devices as “non-mobile”
It’s not certain when Amazon might ship the radar equipment hardware, though the recent Echo Show launches without this equipment suggests you could wait a while.
However, Amazon has strong incentives to update its device line. In addition to the competition with Google, the internet giant is making a big push in health between Halo and services like Amazon Pharmacy. Radar-based sleep tracking could make Echo a valuable health tool, not just a handy companion for playing music or controlling your smart home.
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