Are Smart Rings the Smartwatches of the Future?

Popularity of smart rings
Image: Oura

As smart rings are gaining popularity, there’s a race happening on crowdfunding sites as entrepreneurs compete to see who can make the best smart ring there is. Smart rings make a great wearable device because of their smaller size and the way they fit around your finger. Some experts believe smart rings might replace smartwatches in the future. Smart rings can collect valuable health data because your fingers have easy-to-sense arteries. Some smart rings can even track your sleep or send SOS alert in case of an emergency. Here I have made a list of some of the most popular smart rings in the market.

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Oura

Developed by Finnish sleep improvement platform Oura Health, Oura ring helps you pinpoint what’s going on in your body throughout the day, so you can tweak your inputs in response to your measures.  With daily feedback to improve your health, Oura helps you better understand your body and reach your goals. You’ll be guided through an intelligent, data-driven plan to help you improve across the most important aspects of your well-being. The sleep tracker automatically collects the wearer’s data and synchronizes it to the Oura app to a smartphone running Android or iOS. Just wear the ring around your finger, and it’ll measure your physiological signals, with no switches or flashing lights. The Oura ring registers your body temperature reading every minute while you sleep. By comparing that value to values from earlier nights, it indicates your body temperature baseline and any variations from it.

Ringly

Ringly is an activity tracker that also sends notifications and alerts. Ringly founder Christina D’Avignon believes “Women deserve technology that helps them live healthy, balanced lives without sacrificing style or comfort. The days of clunky fitness trackers are behind us.” Besides basics like email, text and calls, you can also get messages from social media sites including Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter plus other apps like Viber and MyFitnessPal. A small light on the side of the ring flashes different colors depending on alerts you want. You can also program the device to vibrate.

Smart ring
Image: Ringly

Motiv

Motiv Ring is a basic tracker that tells you how many calories you’ve burned, how many steps you’ve taken and how your overall sleep quality is. For a basic tracker, Motiv is a great option. On top of that this stylish tracker comes in the form of a ring and it’s so light and comfortable that you’d forget you’re wearing it. The band fits like a wedding ring, but despite its tiny size, it packs an optical heart-rate monitor, Bluetooth, three-axis accelerometer, and LED. The ring features WalkID – a new biometric authentication system based on gait analysis. WalkID can run as long as the user is wearing it and walking, which allows for continuous, passive authentication. The company said fingerprint and facial recognition through a paired smartphone will further extend the biometric authentication security of the ring. The ring is water resistant up to 50m, connects via Bluetooth and supports a host of Android devices. The battery lasts for three days.

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ORII

ORII is a sleek smart ring that lets you talk via your mobile phone while holding just your finger near your mouth, emulating a scene from of a James Bond movie. The ring gives you clear and crisp audio while listening to text messages through your finger without the need of a screen, making communications more stylish and efficient. The ring is created by Hong Kong startup Origami Labs, who last year raised $500,000 in crowdfunding and closed at a substantial total funding of $2.5 million. It received over 4000 pre-orders from 3000 plus backers in 60 plus countries. ORII is very lightweight and comfortable to wear. It’s splash-proof and even features anodized aluminum.