New Smart-Ring coming in November – brings continuous heart rate monitoring, SpO2 and more

Four years after the launch of the second generation of the Oura ring, the Finnish company of the same name has announced a successor. It should reach the first buyers as early as mid-November. Pre-orders are already possible.

Solid tracker becomes functionally competitive

While the intelligent ring from Finland has already enjoyed a loyal group of fans, the fan potential should increase significantly with the third generation of the ring. Because now leads Oura Functions that bring the wearable on par with health trackers such as those from Apple, Fitbit, Withings, Garmin and others.

Oura attaches particular importance to the announcement that the new ring will no longer just measure the heart rate at regular intervals – but continuously around the clock. Nevertheless, the manufacturer still specifies a battery life of between four and seven days until the next charge. That would be an excellent value considering the form factor. A wireless charge should take between 20 and 80 minutes – a rather imprecise figure.

As before, Oura made the ring out of titanium. It still weighs between four and six grams, making it lighter than a conventional ring made of precious metal. In addition, it should withstand dives up to 100 meters deep undamaged and be compatible with both Apple Health and Google Fit.

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The Oura ring has already been able to measure your sleep and your activities in order to develop metrics such as the readiness score, which shows you how well your body is prepared for the next day in the morning. Athletes could tell from this whether they should take a rest day or a workout day. Conversely, a dedicated sleep mode should help you relax.

The info center is of course the app. (Screenshot: t3n / Oura)

These are the new features

In general, Oura places a clear focus on the mindful handling of one’s own body. The intelligent ring even recognizes and records naps, can guide you on how to get a better night’s sleep and lets you identify short, medium and long-term trends. That’s all pretty decent for followers of the Quantified Self.

In the new generation, Oura goes one step further. The manufacturer provides the women of creation with a forecast of their next period based on the collected body data. Fitness enthusiasts receive analyzes of their workouts – both in terms of the routes and in terms of health parameters such as pulse rate and recovery times.

A blood oxygen sensor is designed to measure the saturation of the blood. This sensor has already been proven in studies that wanted to show how wearables could be used as early warning systems for Covid diseases. Decreasing oxygen saturation is an early signal. Many of the new features will not be included in the scope of delivery, but will be delivered via software update between the end of 2021 and over the course of 2022.

Oura wants to be able to detect the smallest changes in your body temperature using seven temperature sensors. These, too, can be an early signal for physical changes with or without disease value. Oura wants to algorithmically pimp the already decent sleep tracking so that the ring should become the most accurate sleep tracker on the market. At least that’s the promise.

Oura in gloss black. (Image: Oura)

Can be pre-ordered – with subscription required

Anyone interested in the third generation Oura ring can do it Pre-order via the website. It is available in two price ranges. In silver and black piano lacquer it costs 314 euros, in gold and matt black it is 419 euros. It is mandatory to take out a premium membership with separate costs of six euros per month, whereby the first six months are included in the purchase price of the ring.

Before Oura sends you your wearable, you will receive a kit with which you can determine the correct size of your ring. Oura recommends wearing it on the index finger of the non-dominant hand.

Anyone wondering why a ring of all things should produce better data than a wrist measurement basically only needs to look once. When measuring on the finger, the entire sensor system is much closer to the blood vessels. In addition, a ring ideally sits permanently in the same place with little play. Hair on the finger also only plays a subordinate role. In fact, from all points of view, fingers are better suited for the upcoming measurements than a wrist device.

The disadvantage is the lack of a display. Oura tries to compensate for this with an extensive app for iOS and Android. In fact, even with armband wearables such as the Apple Watch, the full scope of analysis can only be viewed via the app.

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