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Nintendo announces work on sleep monitoring device

Gadget will use microwave sensors to monitor sleep patterns

Nintendo announces work on sleep monitoring device
Nintendo has already fitness apps for its Wii console.

Japanese gaming vendor Nintendo is working on a device to track a wearer's sleep and levels of fatigue, Reuters reported.

Chief executive Satoru Iwata today announced the gadget would be developed in collaboration with U.S. sleep disorder specialist, ResMed Inc and would be ready for the market by March 2016. Nintendo expects its healthcare unit to turn a profit by then.

"By using our know-how in gaming... to analyse sleep and fatigue, we can create something fun," Iwata said.

Nintendo has already fitness apps for its Wii console, which also uses player motion for some of its games. The device it is now developing with ResMed will be about the size of a hand and will work by microwave sensors to determine sleeping patterns and help users develop a more healthy routine.

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