Ultrahuman’s $299 smart ring aims to ‘hack’ your metabolism

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Fitness startup Ultrahuman is launching a smart ring it says will give users “ultrahuman power”. And by ultrahuman power, the company means a fitness tracker that provides insight into your metabolism by monitoring sleep and movement. The smart ring can also be used with the company’s M1 glucose monitoring patch for more in-depth metabolic monitoring.

In terms of design and functionality, the Ultrahuman Ring seems to be inspired by the popular Oura Ring. It has a PPG heart rate sensor, a temperature sensor and a motion sensor. (Although Ultrahuman spokesperson Bilal Mahmood said The edge it won’t have SpO2 sensors.) Like the Oura Ring, there’s no display or haptics, which means you’ll have to visit the Ultrahuman app to see your measurements. Ultrahuman’s press release says this was a deliberate choice to reduce notification-related distractions. As for metrics, it can track sleep stages, heart rate, heart rate variation (HRV), and body temperature.

The ring itself is made from “fighter jet” titanium and features a tungsten carbide coating for added durability. According to the Ultrahuman site, this should help with weightlifting and other activities that can cause the rings to explode (eg rowing, pull-ups, etc.). As for battery life, it gets around four to six days on a single charge, which is on par with most fitness trackers and the Oura Ring.

The ring can be used alone, but the company claims that when paired with the Ultrahuman M1 patch, users can see how their food intake affects recovery and performance. The M1 is a continuous glucometer. The sensor includes a hollow needle that makes a small incision in your skin so the patch can then track your blood sugar levels in real time. The M1 then gives users a “metabolic score” based on their food intake and exercise level so they can see how certain foods can affect a workout or the quality of their sleep. Adding the smart ring to the mix adds more data points, like body temperature and heart rate.

The Ultrahuman ring is available in four colors and is made of titanium with a tungsten carbide coating.
Image: Ultrahuman

“With the Ultrahuman ring and a new suite of metabolic biomarkers, you can now understand not only what affects your glucose metabolism, but also how to act on the information effectively,” said Ultrahuman Founder and CEO Mohit Kumar. , in a press release. “You can determine how much your glucose metabolism is affected by lack of sleep versus food itself.”

As a standalone device, the Ultrahuman Ring doesn’t seem to be reinventing the wheel. The metrics it tracks are the same as the Oura Ring, and the Lumen Metabolism Tracker also tells users how the food they eat affects their physical performance. (That said, the Lumen tracker is more of a “carb breathalyzer” where users breathe into the device to see what kind of fuel they’re burning.) It’s new to see two wearables from the same company that can work, though. together to provide multiple data points for different aspects of your metabolic health. Most fitness and health trackers are a one-stop-shop, where a single device does all the monitoring. To get a bigger picture, you usually need to enable third-party app integrations.

The Ultrahuman Ring will be available for pre-order starting July 7 and is expected to ship in August. The ring is available in several sizes and four colors: black, grey, silver and gold. As for the price, Mahmood said The edge that it will cost $299 with lifetime access – meaning there will be no other recurring charges in the future, even if Ultrahuman adds a subscription plan. However, there are also promotional prices ranging from $199 to $249 for the first 3,000 orders.

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