Have you ever thought that you’re snoring, coughing, and all the sleep patterns would be tracked one day? The time has come, Google’s new technology of Google Nest Hub is now ready to note down your sleep tracking activities that would also include the temperature change and the change in intensity of light.
- This would be done with the help of a radar-based system embedded in a device.
- But these features have been criticized very much because they will collect data and information when a person is in the most vulnerable state. And there would be privacy violations because at night while sleeping, a person has its most private moments.
So Google came up with the explanation that “these new facilities will not use this data in personalized advertisements. And the users can easily delete the stored data or turn off the motion tracking and disabling the microphone.”
This tracking would be done in two different criteria.
The anonymous activity or the sleep time would personally be stored in Google cloud. It includes coughing the bedtime and wake times etc. On the other hand, other information like movement or audio would be stored locally. Again many questions were asked about data gathered during sleep time. This time, the main question was that the result of data collection would be handed over to insurance companies if there are disturbed sleep patterns of some users.
These questions were asked because Google earns its larger chunk of revenue by selling its users’ personal information. Google has well-defined strategies that lead to its main goal. Whenever Google launches a new feature, it has something to do with its users’ data collection, which is the ultimate goal of Google. We are heard, noticed by our screen, and also, our bodies are now being scanned with soli.
The Nest users would be able to use soli radar to use functions like snooze alarm etc. But keep in mind that it will collect data and information to personalize sleeping patterns and schedules. It would be free in its initial period, but Google will charge a subscription fee in the future. The precision and accuracy of it are tracking is nearly up to sub-mile meters of the individual’s finger movements. However, according to Ares Technical, this version would be limited to the hand gesture recording.
Further, more Radical Rest’s author Richard Lister mentioned that technology that constantly scans movements is not that useful, and our minds look for threats and are going to be watched. At the same time, we sleep, and it’s not safe because these are when anxiety is at its peak in this population.
Product Manager of Nest Ashton Udall Wrote in his blog that they want to provide the alternative of tracking people’s sleep patterns who do not want to wear something on their beds and monitor their sleep
Google also mentioned that it aims to integrate Nest Hub’s sleep sensing and fit bit’s sleep analytics, which has bought the fitness tracking firm the previous year.