Apple Inc. (AAPL) Wants To Watch You Sleep


This latest Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent works like a dream. Well, it works while you dream. AAPL has long been captivated by the wonders of sleep. This week, newly acquired design rights draw attention to the company’s pet obsession.

Apple Inc. stock recovered this Wednesday, closing up $2.10. The iPhone maker moved lower into mid-week trading, down some 40 cents from its Monday’s closing. The week began with most tech stocks at higher values. Valuation concerns from the Federal Reserve are keeping investors on edge while scandals in Tech deter keen investors.

News relating to Apple Inc covers a newly acquired design. It functions via gadgets like the iPhone or Apple Watch. The patent uses sleep patterns to help people make the most of their evening slumber.

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It’s the stuff that dreams are made of, at least where Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is concerned. Sleep science fascinates the company. This week, that fascination comes forward in the form of a brand new patent filing.

Apple Inc. secured new design rights from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this Tuesday. It’s a way to adjust alarms off the cuff. The new patent uses data derived from personal mobile gadgets in order to achieve this.

So, imagine you’re off to bed intent on get up early the next morning. As usual, you climb into bed, set an alarm on your iPhone, then tuck yourself in all nice and snug. Only you don’t fall asleep right away, not usually. Thoughts about the achievements and mishaps of the day come at you. The excitement of tomorrow is too much to bear. So, you toss and turn for an hour, give or take, before finally dozing off.

People often lose crucial sleep time which their alarm apps can’t account for. Apple Inc calls this “sleep onset latency”. It is the gap between the time at which people intend to sleep and the actual moment they fall asleep. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) believes it can solve that problem with its breakthroughs in sleep science.

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The magic comes from various device sensors that take in data while users sleep. Creepy, of course, but extremely innovative too. Everything from on-device mics, heart rate sensors and accelerometers work with advanced algorithms to create what Apple calls “sleep logic”. Not only can sleep logic recognize user sleep patterns, but it can differentiate between intended and actual sleep times too.

The patent can help recognize nightly rituals like brushing teeth, showers, closing doors and curtains, all via light, sound and motion sensors. This design for tracking sleep was first filed in September 2015. With it, online sensors can collect tons of helpful data from users’ personal devices and surroundings.

Items like the events listed on calender and memo apps are also considered. All this information is turned into insight which is then used to provide adequate sleep times for users. It offers calculated sleep time suggestions too, and times to nap in cases of inadequate rest.

Apple Inc claims its new design seeks to assist consumers feel more rested and develop helpful sleeping habits. The tool would certainly offer something which conventional alarm gadgets and apps don’t.

We have yet to see how much people will appreciate it. However, tech companies notoriously hoard patents and save them for a rainy day. Many of them never make it into production either. This new design, and the recent adoption of Beddit,  highlight Apple’s growing interest in technologies dedicated to sleep. Yet, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) new sleep tracker could remain a sleeping giant for a very long time.

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