Nintendo’s getting into the health biz

Nintendo revealed first details about its health-focused QOL platform, which stands for “quality of life,” announcing a new sensor that monitors and analyzes you while you sleep.

In a presentation, Nintendo described the QOL device as having “five ‘non’ sensing” features: It will be non-wearable, non-contact (meaning it doesn’t need to touch your body), non-operating, non-waiting and non-installation. Essentially, the device is designed to operate on its own, without much set-up.

The QOL device is designed to monitor a user during sleep. Using radio waves, the device reads a user’s movement, heart rate, respiration and fatigue, and sends that data to servers to be analyzed. The QOL system will connect with smart devices and “dedicated video game devices,” presumably Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS systems, via the cloud. Services designed to improve health and quality of life, through diet and exercise, for example, will be part of the QOL system.

QOL Nintendo

Nintendo is partnering with U.S.-based ResMed, a manufacturer of “medical equipment for treating, diagnosing and managing sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory disorders.” Its QOL device is slated to launch sometime in 2016.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced the company’s plans to expand its business into the health market earlier this year, with the hopes that it can improve “quality of life through entertainment.”

“[D]efining a new entertainment business that seeks to improve (quality of life) creates various possibilities for the future such as ‘learning’ and ‘lifestyle,’ but it is our intention to take ‘health’ as our first step,” Iwata said at the time. “We wish to achieve an integrated hardware-software platform business that, instead of providing mobile or wearable features, will be characterized by a new area of what we like to call ‘non-wearable’ technology.

Iwata said Nintendo planned to go beyond what it attempted with exercise software Wii Fit, and was “considering themes that we have not incorporated to games for our existing platforms” with the aim to create a new market.

“What is generally good for health requires some kind of effort to be made by the individual,” Iwata said. “This is where our strength as an entertainment company to keep our consumers engaged and entertained comes into play, assisted by the non-wearable feature, which is the biggest differentiator of this new business field, as well as user experiences that integrate into people’s daily lives, all of which help us overcome this difficulty. If we do indeed succeed in doing so, we will be able to provide feedback to our consumers on a continual basis, and our approach will be to redefine the notion of health-consciousness, and eventually increase the fit population.

“While we feel that this is going to take two to three years after its launch, we expect the QOL-improving platform to provide us with new themes which we can then turn into games that operate on our future video game platforms, too,” he said. “Once we have established such a cycle, we will see continuous positive interactions between the two platforms that enable us to make unique propositions.”

Interesting facts about the human body

Each of our bodies are amazing. If you thought what our bodies could do before was amazing, once you read this list of insane facts about the human body, you’ll be in awe. Never take your own body for granted, because some of the things it can do are mind-blowing!

1.) The average person produces enough saliva in their lifetime to fill 2 swimming pools.
2.) Every 60 seconds, your red blood cells do a complete circuit of your body.
3.) Sometimes, when you have to pee, you can visibly see that your bladder is bigger.
4.) Most babies are born with blue eyes; exposure to UV light brings out their true color.
5.) Most westerners consume 50 tons of food and 50,000 liters of liquid in their lifetime.
6.) It can take your finger and toenails 1/2 a year to grow an entirely new nail (from base to tip).
7.) The muscles that control your eyes contract about 100,000 times a day (that equals giving your legs a workout by walking 50 miles).
8.) Over the course of your lifetime, you’ll shed about 40lbs of skin.
9.) Your brain uses about 20% of your oxygen and caloric intake.
10.) In each kidney, there are 1 million filters that clean around 1.3 liters of blood every minute and push out close to 1.5 liters of urine every day.
11.) Ovaries contain over 500,000 eggs, but only about 400 get the opportunity to create life.
12.) Everyone has a completely unique smell (except for twins).
13.) Why doesn’t your stomach digest itself? That’s because your stomach cells are created faster than they can be destroyed.
14.) You have about half-a-million sweat glands that produce about a pint of sweat daily.
15.) Humans are extremely visual; 90% of the information we gather from our surroundings is from our eyesight.
16.) It’s nearly impossible to tickle yourself.
17.) Baby foreskin is often used as a skin graft for burn victims.
18.) Your femur (thigh bone) is 4x’s stronger than concrete.
19.) Your skin is the largest organ in your body; if an adult male’s skin were to be stretched out, it would cover 20 square feet.
20.) In order to taste something, our saliva needs to dissolve it (try drying off your tongue and tasting something).
21.) Men produce about 10 million new sperm daily (approximately enough to repopulate the entire planet in 6 months).
22.) In just 30 minutes, your body can produce enough heat to boil half a gallon of water.
23.) There are more than 300,000,000 capillaries in your lungs and if they were stretched out tip to tip they would reach approximately the distance between Atlanta and LA.
24.) Frequent dreams are correlated with having a higher IQ.
25.) You’ll be about 1cm shorter when you go to bed at night compared to when you wake up in the morning. Your cartilage in your spine slowly compresses throughout the day.