Google’s new Nest Hub gets sleep monitoring

Google has now presented second generation of its smart screen Nest Hub. The big news for the new edition is Sleep Sensing, which will improve the user’s sleep.

Sleep Sensing uses Google’s proprietary radar sensor, Soli, to detect your movements as well as your breathing while you sleep. The function can also work with sound, light and temperature sensors to analyze what affects your sleep. Sleep Sensing can also sense things like coughing and snoring.

In the morning, Google Nest Hub has then prepared a summary of the night’s sleep that gives you insight into what you can do to get better sleep. Sleep Sensing can also be connected to Google Fit.

The technology does not use a camera and the data is anonymous and is not used for advertising. The only thing Google Nest Hub knows is that someone usually sleeps in a specific place. The resulting audio data is only processed on Nest Hub and is not sent to Google.

Sleep Sensing will be available on Nest Hub as a free preview until next year.

In other respects, Google Nest Hub uses the same audio technology as Nest Audio and should have 50 percent more bass than its predecessor. The product can be used with Youtube Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and streaming services such as Netflix, Disney Plus and Youtube TV. The screen can be controlled by touching the air in front of it or through Google Assistant.

The new Google Nest Hub can be pre-ordered in the US today and the price is 99.99 dollars, equivalent to about 850 kronor, excluding local supplements such as Swedish VAT. We have no information about a possible Swedish launch at present.

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