Apple’s little-known sleep tracker could get big update soon

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Beddit 3 sees you when you’re sleeping; it knows when you’re awake.
Beddit 3 sees you when you’re sleeping; it knows when you’re awake.
Photo: Beddit/Apple

The FCC granted its approval for Apple to make a “Sleep Monitor.” This is almost certainly an improved version of the Beddit, a product the company acquired last year.

It will apparently join Apple’s growing lineup of health-tracking products.

Documentation Apple filed with the FCC includes a request for confidentiality so very few details are available. However, buried in the files is the note “Designed by Beddit in California.”

Apple’s upcoming “Sleep Monitor” was designed by Beddit.
Apple’s upcoming “Sleep Monitor” was designed by Beddit.
Photo: Apple

How the upcoming version will be different from the. current one is unknown.

What’s a Beddit?

The Beddit 3 is a $150 smart sensor strip which stays permanently wrapped around your mattress, ready to record your movements while you’re asleep. It uses ballistocardiography, a non-invasive technique for measuring the mechanical activity of the heart, lungs and other body functions.

In addition, the Beddit 3 also claims to be able to keep tabs on “temperature, movement, snoring, room temperature and room humidity.” All this data can then be sent to your iPhone or Apple Watch.

The eponymous company behind the Beddit, than called Finsor Oy, was a Finnish startup back in 2006, and the company’s products first appeared in Apple stores in 2015.  It was acquired by the iPhone maker in 2017, and Apple is the exclusive provider of the most-recent Beddit 3 sleep monitor.

Apple has added a range of health tracking capabilities to its products. Even an iPhone can count how many steps the user has taken in a day. Apple Watch monitors the wearer’s heart, and the latest version includes a ECG.