Circular Ring is Oura’s rival for promising fitness tracking
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Several smartwear products took center stage at CES 2022. In addition to heavyweights such as Garmin and Skagen, a Movano ring was also unveiled, with a design specifically designed for female users. Finally, a French company called Circular also unveiled its first product, simply called Circular Ring.
The circular ring has interchangeable outer shells for user customization. The ring is extremely light at only 4 grams. It is also waterproof up to 5 meters. It also offers up to 22 days of built-in data storage without a Bluetooth connection. The biocompatible resin product will be available in different sizes.
Tracking and functionalities
A 14 day calibration period begins as soon as the user wears the ring for the first time. During this time, the Ring establishes the user’s basic health parameters, which helps them give personalized and actionable recommendations for making healthy changes in their life. Circular tracks several health metrics, including temperature, heart rate variability, energy levels, and VO2 Max.
Circular has a dual PPG sensor in its ring combined with the Circular app that allows it to read heart signals and blood oxygen. It detects if the heart rate shows signs of cardiac arrhythmia and if the heartbeat is stable. The data being tracked is believed to be clinically accurate and may be shared with a professional for further advice. Wearing it both during the day and at night can help Circular correlate data using machine learning.
Circular also appears to be extremely effective at tracking sleep. It can tell a user how much time they spend in each stage of sleep – light sleep, deep sleep, REM sleep and when they are awake. More importantly, it also calculates how efficiently a user has slept. The app shares data on a number of important criteria for examining sleep quality, including the time it takes to fall asleep, sleep debt, actual sleep time, disturbances while sleeping, and more. It also provides silent vibrations to users in their light sleep phase if they wish. be awake, without disturbing their environment.
Pricing and availability
A single charge of the ring gives it four days of battery life. A single charge from 0% to 100% can be done in an hour. Pre-orders, which will begin soon, will run through February 27, 202. The device will cost 259 euros ($ 293) during that time. Starting February 28, the price will drop to 289 euros ($ 327). The shipping and other details are expected to be announced soon by the company.