A Wired news report indicates that Nintendo is putting the launch of its sleep tracking and fitness device on hold.
In 2014, the videogame maker had detailed its plans to release a non-game fitness device that tracked your sleep and gave you updates on your health in a fun, Nintendo-y sort of way. It said that it planned to have the device on shelves by the early part of 2016. Yesterday, during the Q&A portion of a briefing for investors, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said that the “QOL” device was off the table for now. He pointed this out even though none of the investors had actually asked about the device’s status.
“In regards to the Quality of Life [device], which was not mentioned in any of today’s questions, we do not have the conviction that the sleep-and-fatigue-themed [device] can enter the phase of actually becoming a product,” Kimishima said in remarks translated by WIRED. “We no longer have any plans to release it by the end of March 2016. On the other hand, we still believe there are things we can do in the general category of Quality of Life, and we will continue to study the possibility of expanding into this field.”