Google’s latest Nest Hub tracks your sleep from your nightstand, and the company said when the screen was launched that its The sleep sensor function was one preview of upcoming subscription services. Well, now we know more about what the Nest Hub will be capable of – and how much it will cost.
We do not all sleep with smartwatches on our wrists or sensors under our pillows, and Googles second generation Nest Hub smart screen is a more passive (and therefore more convenient) way to track your sleep. Nest Hub does not use cameras – instead uses technology developed through Google’s Project Soli, which uses a small radar-based chip to track your sleep movement. It’s a little less invasive than a portable device and a little more accurate than placing your smartphone by your bed.
Google is rollout of an update that improves the sleep algorithms in Nest Hub. The update introduces a more detailed reading of your bright, deep, REM and waking periods in the morning after a night’s sleep, similar to what you would see after wearing a Fitbit or Oura ring while you sleep.
According to one Google blog posts, the Duration and Quality screens will tell you how long you were in each phase of your sleep. If you share your sleeping space with other hot bodies – a cat, a dog or a snoring partner – Google Nest Hub will include them in your statistics. Any coughing or snoring that occurs outside your calibrated sleeping area is displayed on a timeline marked “Other sounds”. It will also show other loud noises that you may have slept through.
Google is fully leaning towards Nest Hubs abilities to help with well-being. This update also includes access to Calm, a popular meditation app that offers chill-out playlists, guided meditationsand relaxation techniques. Calm will offer some of its services through Google’s smart screens. To try a meditation, instead of launching the app on your smartphone, you can order Google on the Nest Hub to “start a meditation”. If you are a Calm Premium member (which costs $ 70 a year), you will be able to dive into the entire meditation catalog. However, if you do not, you will be able to access some free Calm content via the screen.
Starting in 2023, Google will integrate the sleep sensor into Fitbit Premium, which currently costs around $ 10 / month or $ 80 / year. (Reminder: Google owns Fitbit.) However, the preview will extend into the following year, so Nest Hub users can use the Sleep Sensing features for free in 2022. The company clearly hopes you get hooked and will pay after a few years of tracking .