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Apple buys sleep tracking firm Beddit

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Apple decided to broaden the possibilities of its Health App by silently acquiring sleep tracking hardware and software company Beddit. This firm’s product promises a better night’s sleep as it tracks person’s heart rate, breathing, snoring while it is discretely hidden under the sheet.

Beddit updated its privacy policy on Monday saying user’s “personal data will be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Apple Privacy Policy.” Apparently, Apple HealthKit can be used to connect the Health app to the Beddit mobile app while the customer can control the exchange of data between the two apps.

The Finland-based company was founded in 2007 while its products have been available in Apple stores since 2015. The latest one, Beddit 3, represents a thin strip of sensors that are put across user’s bed and analyze one’s “sleep time and efficiency, heart rate, respiration, temperature, movement, snoring, room temperature, and room humidity.”

It still remains unclear what particular use Apple management had in mind for these sleep monitors once it had made a purchase decision.

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