Google is developing two built-in snore and cough detection features that will allow it to monitor whether or not users snore or cough while sleeping. According to 9To5Google, Google is working on these features for Pixel and Android.
9to5Google spotted lines of code in the Google Health Studies app’s installation file. It was found that Google is undertaking research known as the ‘Sleep Audio Collection,’ which is only accessible to Google employees for now.
“You must be a Full-Time Googler with an Android phone to participate in this study,” the report said. “Environmental conditions required for this study are to have no more than one adult sleeper in the same room who does not work for a competitor company.”
Google explained that its “Health Sensing team is actively working to bring an advanced suite of sensing capabilities and algorithms to Android devices to provide users with meaningful insight into their sleep.” This audio collection “supports this mission by providing data necessary to validate, tune, and develop such algorithms.”
These “Cough and Snore algorithms” will translate into a “bedside monitoring” feature on Android devices that works in a “privacy-preserving, on-device” manner for “nocturnal cough and snore monitoring.”