Quality of Life Still In-Development at Nintendo

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Quality of Life (QOL) is a weird product: a piece of hardware that monitors you while you sleep in order to improve your health. Not something that you would associate with a company best known for a mustachioed plumber and the hero of Hyrule. Though, it is not that surprising when you consider they have previous released motion controllers, fitness hardware and developed ideas including heart rate monitors.

Unfortunately, not much has been heard about the quirky product for about a year and a half so it was fair to assume the idea had been pushed aside.

Not so, apparently. Reading through Nintendo’s annual report, the company wrote: “we are working on the development of a new product that improves people’s QOL (Quality of Life) in enjoyable ways.”

The enjoyable ways part is a curious statement as it raises the possibility that not only will it tell you if you are sleeping badly but could improve your sleeping habits through games.

In 2014, the much-loved former President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, described how the hardware functioned: “Inside the QOL Sensor is a non-contact radio frequency sensor, which measures such things as the movements of your body, breathing and heartbeat, all without physically touching your body.”

The report did not specify when we can expect a release for the product.

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