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Nintendo have announced their partnership with ResMed for their new Quality of Life (QOL) business venture, president Satoru Iwata has today shared.

This ties in with the first theme of their initiative, “Visualising Sleep and Fatigue,” with the company developing, manufacturing and marketing medical equipment that helps diagnose and treat Sleep Disordered Breathing (such as Sleep Apnea Syndrome).

Iwata reasoned the fatigue and sleep are “hard to visualise in more objective ways,” sharing the company’s belief that while there are existing methods of recording sleep patterns there isn’t a definitive product on the market.

This will hopefully come in the QOL Sensor – a non-contact radio frequency sensor – which will be placed at your bedside, measuring movements of your body, breathing and heartbeat without needing to touch your body. Data will be automatically gathered, and then transmitted to QOL cloud servers that will analyse and visually represent the results.

Nintendo have enlisted help from experts Dr. Yasuyoshi Watanabe, Dr. Hirohiko Kuratsune and Dr. Seiki Tajima, with the non-wearable technology planned to launch in 2016.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.