A patent has been discovered for a bizarre Nintendo device that records you while you sleep and displays data on your emotional state.
As a part of Nintendo’s ongoing “quality of life” initiative, started in 2014, the company wants to develop a sleep monitor. According to a report from Engadget, a recent patent published that was discovered by NeoGAF paints a picture of what the idea might look like in practice.
Nintendo intends to build a system that entails an alarm clock fitted with sensors that would be equipped with a projector. The patent was written in Japanese, so at this point, we only have summary details of what the product might look like.
It’s not clear if the sleep monitor entails two separate devices, or if the device will connect with a users smartphone.
Nintendo’s tracker will come equipped with sensors, a microphone, and a camera that will keep tabs on the user’s body temperature and pulse rate, and will then use the data it collected to calculate the user’s “sleep score.” It will account for factors that affect the user’s emotional state.
The projector will display the data on your night’s sleep on the ceiling or wall when the alarm goes off in the morning. The design raises some obvious privacy concerns – many people don’t feel great about the idea of being filmed and recorded while they sleep.
Nonetheless, the fate of the patent remains to be seen. According to a source at IGN, Nintendo could release the device as early as 2016.