Born in Stockholm, Sweden, this new smart ring wants you to ditch your food diary and remove the guesswork out of your fitness routines. The makers of the wellness ring have coined it as “compact and stylish”. There’s no doubt that it’s compact, but stylish? Whatever floats..
Although it’s obviously a lot smaller, the BioRing offers everything a wrist-worn fitness tracker does, and some more in most cases. A built-in accelerometer, optical heart rate monitor, and bio-impedance sensor, combined with an advanced proprietary algorithm, apparently enables the ring to measure calorie intake; distinguishing between carbs, protein and fat; calories burned, steps, distance, water levels, stress levels and heart rate.
As well as having a strong set of activity tracking features, the smart ring also monitors your sleep patterns and offers tips and cues on how to make the most of your shut-eye, such as advising you of the optimal time to wake up.
Weight loss is one of the largest sectors of the health industry, so if a company could deliver a device that automatically calculates how many calories we consume, it would be worth its weight in kryptonite! A company called HealBe claimed to have done it with their GoBe smart band, and as far as I can see the BioRing claims to use a similar method.
The keyword here is “Claims”!
Using the bio-impedance sensor, the smart ring measures the changes in cells by reading the tissues’ resistance with high and low frequency electrical signals. This process is based on fats, carbs and proteins being broken down into glucose which enters your cells causing their water levels to reduce.
The BioRing uses Bluetooth LE to pair with its companion app for iOS 8.0 + and Android 4.4 +. You can store and analyze all your fitness, nutritional and sleep data in the app, and get personalized recommendations on how to improve your health. The app also allows you to share your progress with its social feature.
This clever little biometric wearable goes beyond keeping you healthy; it also keeps you connected. when you receive an incoming call, text, email or notification from social media apps, the ring will vibrate to let you know.
The BioRing is constructed using scratch-proof zirconium ceramic, and is water-resistant up to 10 meters.
Inside the ring is a curved 35mAh battery which lasts up to 7 days between charges according to its makers. It takes around 1 hour to charge by way of Qi wireless charging dock.
Earlybird prices with a 37% discount off the retail price are still up for grabs over at Indiegogo, that’s $189 USD for one ring in either black or white. The estimated shipping date is November 2016.
Update: The BioRing Indiegogo campaign was shut down by Trust & Safety due to a violation of terms..