The Oura Ring 2 is designed to monitor sleep, pulse, movement, heart activity and temperature. NBA officials are offering players a ring whose maker says can track a user’s health data as well as predict if users are about to show symptoms of coronavirus infection. Does it work? Only time will tell, but for now, iFixit decided to tear down one of these smart rings to see what they’re all about.
There’s not much evidence to suggest that pulse and temperature can change before people notice symptoms of infections like influenza or coronavirus. However, researchers conducted a study earlier this year that showed Fitbit sleep and heart rate data involving 200,000 people as a whole did sync with the changing epidemic of seasonal flu.
The Oura Ring came out in May 2019, but it didn’t become mainstream news until the NBA got one for each player to try to detect early signs of COVID-19. There are a lot of questions about the effectiveness of the Oura Ring, but one thing’s for sure: it’s jam-packed with a lot of tech for such a small device,” said iFixit.