Apple has acquired Beddit, a Finnish company that makes sleep-tracking devices that work with apps for iOS and the Apple Watch.
Beddit’s latest product is the Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor, which is sold in the Apple Store.
It’s a sensor-equipped strip that slides under a bedsheet and tracks nocturnal movements through a technique called ballistocardiography; the main advantage is that you don’t need to wear an activity tracker or remember to use it at all.
As reported last year that Apple plans to add sleep-tracking to the Apple Watch.
The Beddit acquisition could point to some sort of official solution to the gap in functionality, or Apple may plan to make use of Beddit’s software and data for future products or features.
Or, as with other acquisitions in the company’s past, Apple may simply be buying Beddit out as a way to hire some or all of its engineers.