Fitbit may soon add snoring and noise detection to its devices. As reported by 9to5Google, details were found in the current Google APK for Android that indicate new functions for Fitbit’s smartwatches and fitness trackers.
According to descriptions, the new feature will enable your microphone during sleep so that your Fitbit device can monitor noise, including snoring.
Your Fitbit wearable will analyze noise level (how loud or quiet it is) to determine the baseline noise level, then record any noise above this to judge whether it’s snoring. It will then assign you a label based on how long you were snoring for.
“We look for snore-specific noises. When our algorithm detects an event that’s louder than the baseline noise level, it performs a calculation to decide if it’s snoring or something else. If the noise level in your room is louder than the snoring, this feature may not be able to pick up the snoring.”
The tool can also be used to measure the ambient noise in your bedroom. Fitbit will tell you how loud it is in your sleeping environment on a scale between “very quiet,” which the company classifies as a consistent 30 dBA or less, and “very loud,” which falls in the 90 dBA and above range.
However, Fitbit cannot tell you who is snoring, so if you have a partner who snores, know that their nighttime sounds will be included in the detection mix. Fitbit will show you these results as a percentage, indicating how much of your night was spent snoring, reports 9to5 Google.
Keep in mind that this feature can detect snores from you or someone next to you. Here are the possible results you may see:
- “None to mild” means you were snoring for less than 10% of the total time you were asleep.
- “Moderate” means you were snoring for 10–40% of the total time you were asleep.
- “Frequent” means you were snoring for >40% of the total time you were asleep.
According to 9to5 Google, Fitbit also will be introducing “sleep animals” as part of a separate upcoming feature. Each different style of sleeping will correlate with an animal. For example, a restless sleeper would be a bear, a short sleeper would be a hummingbird, a solid sleeper would be a tortoise, and so on.