Samsung is said to have started working on a competitor Oura Ring to take advantage of the growing popularity of smart rings for health and fitness tracking. Although the company has not made an official announcement, a new report from the South Korean publication navigator He reveals that the company filed a patent related to the smart ring with the US Patent and Trademark Office in October last year.
The patent application reveals that Samsung’s smart ring will contain an optical sensor to measure blood flow (PPG) and an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor to measure blood pressure and heart rate. To differentiate its offering from other smart rings on the market, Samsung will also pack some additional features that will allow users to control connected devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and TVs, using the Smart Ring.
Samsung’s Smart Ring could also offer support for other health and fitness tracking features found on the Galaxy Watch 5, including temperature sensing, sleep tracking, and SpO2 monitoring. However, we have not seen any official documents indicating this.
The smart ring is likely to offer better battery life than Samsung Wear OS smartwatches simply because it won’t have a screen. This would make it a great alternative for buyers who just want to keep track of their health and fitness metrics and don’t care about all the other bells and whistles that Samsung smartwatches have to offer.
Currently, Samsung has not shared any official information about the smart ring in development. navigator He says it’s in the early stages of development, so it may take some time before it hits the market. If you don’t want to wait for a Samsung show, you can get oura Ring 3 right away.
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