Nintendo's "Quality of Life" Device Is Still In Development, Apparently

Nintendo's mysterious sleep sensor is still a thing.

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It's been more than three years since Nintendo first revealed it was developing a "Quality of Life" product, but the company has yet to formally announce the proposed device. The last time we'd heard about it was over a year ago, in February 2016, when Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that it would not be ready for some time. However, according to its annual report for the fiscal year 2017, it appears that Nintendo's mysterious QOL system is still very much in development.

In the section regarding its research and development activities, Nintendo reveals that one of its current initiatives is a "new product that improves people's QOL (Quality of Life) in enjoyable ways." The excerpt does not give much more insight into the product or offer any more details about how it will function, but from the description, it appears to be the same sleep sensor the company has been discussing for the past several years. "Our aim is to enable consumers to make daily efforts to improve their QOL in a fun manner by making sleep and fatigue status visible and offering various services based on this information," the report reads.

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Nintendo's first QOL product was to be a sensor that could measure a person's sleep and fatigue levels without the need to be worn. According to the company's late president, Satoru Iwata, the product would be placed at a user's bedside and would automatically measure data about the person's sleep quality. "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," Iwata explained.

Since then, however, Nintendo has shared few details on the product. Last year, president Kimishima briefly discussed the device at an investor's briefing, and from the sound of things, it appeared it had a long way to go before it was ready for release. "We do not feel that we are currently at a stage where we can commercialize a product that deals with sleep and fatigue," he said. "So we are not planning to launch any products in this area in the fiscal year ending in March 2016. However, we do believe there is potential in the QOL sector, so we will continue to consider further development in this area."

Nintendo's mysterious QOL product isn't the first time the company has experimented with health and wellness; the exercise game Wii Fit was one of Wii's most successful titles, and Nintendo had even announced a Vitality Sensor peripheral for the console, though that device ultimately never materialized.

More recently, the company has been branching out into other avenues of entertainment, such as partnering with Universal Studio Japan to develop a Nintendo theme park. Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto has also recently expressed interest in creating more video tie-ins for the company's franchises.

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p1p3dream

Man, these guys are going to be millionaires!

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ColdCaseLuke

This has got to be related to Pokemon go. As if it was a test to see if they can get people to walk around. Combine that with a QOL sensor, and you have the ultimate product to brainwash children into bombing pearl harbor.

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ArabrockermanX

@coldcaseluke: Well that escalated quickly.

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twztid13

@ArabrockermanX: thank you for that. I lol'd & I've been in a pissy mood for weeks.

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GirlUSoCrazy

They're only going to release it after the SNES Classic craze is over, they don't want the stress detector to get overloaded and explode

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Risingdawn

I though they made their QoL device!

I no longer have to sit through hours of girl trash tv before I get to play my games, if that's not improving QoL I don't know what is.

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Cikatriz_ESP

Nintendo once again reminds us that it's a Japanese company.

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ASnakeNeverDies

This device could theoretically tell how many times you masturbate within any given interval. Search engines can infer it, but Nintendo will know for sure. Think about that for a minute.

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Ohaidere

@Zero_Maniac: if it's not healthy I don't want to be healthy.

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ASnakeNeverDies

@Zero_Maniac: Well, I guess we're back in the Dark Ages. We've gone full circle gentlemen!

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ASnakeNeverDies

@Zero_Maniac: I know the Enlightenment, but have no memory of it. I'm too young, you see? Anyway, I thought you were going to elaborate on your original comment rather than fixate on an element of my response, but I would say humanity is cancer due to its tribal nature. Now, if you excuse me, there are some virgins that need boiling to appease the gods (we're trying new things).

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ASnakeNeverDies

@Zero_Maniac: Well, you engaged me with a suggestion in the form of a rhetorical question. I assumed you were expecting me to respond in such a way in order for you to dispense some of your expert knowledge on the effects of masturbation on mammalian development. I guess I was wrong.

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catsimboy

@asnakeneverdies: Can computers even count that high without getting stack overflow errors?

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ASnakeNeverDies

@catsimboy: I would be much more concerned with the state of my prefrontal cortex if I were you, desperately clinging to the phone making appointments for some urgent fMRI scans. A world-class team of urologists and dermatologist for collateral also wouldn't hurt. Who knows how your body will react should you choose to spend 12 seconds without engaging several thousand times? I for sure don't, but I've a feeling it ain't gonna be pretty.

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Thanatos2k

@asnakeneverdies: "Quality of life" indeed

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catsimboy

"Hey we're finally regaining our foothold in the console market, should we focus on that?"

"NO! Keep making that sleep monitor! People don't know how much they sleep and they certainly can't tell in the morning if they feel rested and should talk to their doctor! What do you think people are? ORGANIC BEINGS?!"

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BigGamerDude

@catsimboy: really doubt nintendo are focusing on it, but funny post anyways

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catsimboy

@biggamerdude: Well I didn't mean they were going to switch focus to this. I'm just saying this is a pointless distraction. Why develop a sleep monitor nobody needs when they should be trying to solve their voice chat problem or Switches getting heat warped in the cradle.

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BigGamerDude

@catsimboy: honestly with defects, Im pretty sure that they are handling it. Defects are a really small chance of happening.

The voice chat stuff cannot be solved. They've made the switch like that.

Besides, there's probably SOMEONE who needs that. Out there

on mars

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videogameninja

-BIG BROTHER APPROVED-

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ASnakeNeverDies

@videogameninja: In the end, we'll all love him.

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lostn

It will release day and date with the Phantom console.

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dribblesbarbax

It connects to the internet. Thats why its taking them so long to figure it out.

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Thanatos2k

If it's as "high quality" as their voice chat headset solution, keep it far away from me.

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ArabrockermanX

@Thanatos2k: They need to develop products that improve ones QoL to make up for their products that induce rage.

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Rayzakk

@Thanatos2k: But Reggie told us it was good.

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Thanatos2k

@Rayzakk: That means it's not good, since Reggie said it.

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Doctor_MG

@Thanatos2k:

Nintendo didn't make the voice chat headset. It's a third party product by Hori.

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ASnakeNeverDies

@Thanatos2k: You're the worst!

Nah, you're good.

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BigGamerDude

@Thanatos2k: what the ****? You just linked it to something completely irrelevant, just to trash them. Stop being so pathetic

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lostn

@biggamerdude: He's probably right though. That headset is garbage. Granted it's a third party design, but Nintendo's design of the the Switch and its lack of bluetooth support made it the only way possible. And Nintendo themselves don't have their own solution because it would have been exactly the same concept. A box that combines signals from phone and switch.

It just shows Nintendo is tone deaf, and it translates to all the hardware and OS design they made.

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BigGamerDude

@lostn: dont get me wrong the headset is shit - but that doesnt mean a sleep monitor will be too. Say what you want about the nintendo consoles in terms of power - but my nintendo consoles have not stopped working, they have been built to last and even work well with what they do have.

The switch not having bluetooth is fucked indeed, but I dont understand why the headset cant just directly connect to the switch (wired) and just be like that. They've made a lot of good decisions since the switch - how they're handling online is by far the worst thing they've done. (not the price, but the fact that phones are compulsory for online and other things that should just fucking be simply handled.)

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MeatyMisto

@biggamerdude: It's funny to me that they have a decent club service and do away with everything that made it great and want to add a price tag to it. With the Wii U, you could plug in a headset for Call of Duty Black Ops II and Ghosts and it work fine like on any other system. Don't see how a newer generation console can lack such seemingly easy features. Some of the things Nintendoes baffles me.

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BigGamerDude

@meatymisto: Agreed

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fig56

@Thanatos2k: Mr. Hate Goggles!!!

Come on man, you haven't touched a Nintendo product in more than 16 years. Bash EVERY single Nintendo article that appears on this website and spew hate at every opportunity. Even if this was the next best thing that everybody in the world NEEDS to have you would still find a way to talk s**t because those goggles of hate are glued on permanently. Your hate for anything Nintendo has no bounds.

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Thanatos2k

@fig56: Ah, more spewed hate and lies by fig to try and make himself feel better.

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DARREN636

how about turn off all your gadgets

that'll help you get some shut-eye.