Nintendo’s Quality of Life product that has been hinted at for years is apparently still in development, according to the company’s annual report.
Nintendo’s Quality of Life product was first announced back in January 2014 during their 2014 strategy briefing, but very little has been revealed since. President Tatsumi Kimishima did mention it briefly in 2016 at an investor’s briefing, only to say that the product was some way off. According to Nintendo’s annual report however, the product is very much still in development.
If you skip ahead to page 12, Nintendo says they are currently working on a “new product that improves people’s QOL (Quality of Life) in enjoyable ways”.
The paragraph in full:
“Moreover, we are working on the development of a new product that improves people’s QOL (Quality of Life) in enjoyable ways. 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”.
Back in 2014 Nintendo’s Quality of Life product was revealed to be a device that could measure sleep fatigue levels without needing to be worn, so it appears the device mentioned in the report is the same.
Nintendo’s Quality of Life product would supposedly measure sleep levels by being placed besides the user’s bed. Late Nintendo president Satora Iwata previously explained “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”.
What their recent focus on their canon franchises and away from Wii Fit et al, it seems surprising Nintendo’s Quality of Life product is still at the forefront of their R&D. During the 2016 investment meeting, Tatsumi Kimishima said “we do not feel that we are currently at a stage where we can commercialize a product that deals with sleep and fatigue”, indicating it isn’t a priority.
He went on:
“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.”
Do you think Nintendo’s Quality of Life product is going to be a success ? What would you like to see from a sleep monitoring device? Let us know in the comments.