Google announces 2nd Gen Nest Hub with sleep tracking tech
Google first introduced its Nest Hub smart display back in October 2018. The following year, it launched the Nest Hub Max with a bigger 10-inch display which unfortunately never made its way officially to Ireland. Today, the company refreshed its smart display lineup by launching the second generation Nest Hub smart display.
The new Nest Hub smart display looks and feels quite similar to the original device. It features the same floating display design that is similar to Google’s smart display series but the company has made one critical change that sets it apart from its predecessor. It has added the Soli-radar chip, the one that made a debut with the Pixel 4/4 XL smartphone, to its second-generation Nest Hub smart display.
The Soli radar chip gives the 2nd-gen Nest Hub smart display an opt-in Sleep Sensing feature. This feature uses Motion Sense that is powered by Soli low-energy radar technology to analyse how the person closest to the display is sleeping, based on their movement and breathing all without a camera or a wearable. It can also detect sleep disturbances like coughing and snoring or the light and temperature changes in the room with the device’s built-in microphones and ambient light and temperature sensors. Every morning users receive a personalised sleep summary on their display, or you can view your sleep data anytime on the Nest Hub by asking, “Hey Google, how did I sleep?” This feature is available as a free preview on the 2nd-gen Nest Hub until next year.
Google said that Sleep Sensing can also connect to users’ Google Fit app on Android and iOS devices so they can see their sleep summaries alongside their other health and wellness information. The company also said it is looking for ways to work with Fitbit’s sleep-tracking features in the future.
As far as other features are concerned, the new Nest Hub’s speaker is based on the same audio technology as Nest Audio that was launched last year. The company says that it has 50% more bass than the original Nest Hub. Users can stream music, podcasts or audiobooks from services such as YouTube Music, Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora or watch shows and movies from OTT service providers such as Netflix, Disney+ and YouTube TV on its newly launched smart display.
Just like Nest Mini and Nest Audio, the new Nest Hub also comes with a dedicated on-device machine learning chip that moves some Assistant experiences from the company’s data centres directly onto the device, which in turn increases the device’s response time. The new Nest Hub also shows all your compatible connected devices in one place.
The 2nd generation Nest Hub will be available for €99.99 from the Google Store from the 4th May 2021.