Once an emerging trend drawn out in the wrist-worn-device-saturated wearable market, smart rings have now caught mainstream media attention. Suddenly we see an ocean of possibilities in the tiny, discreet devices that disguise itself as a fashion accessory. Why splash out on an Apple Watch when a tiny ring can tell you everything about your health?
Circular smart ring is built on this premise: acting as a smart assistant to optimize wearers’ energy level and sleep without adding a chunky device on your wrist. While the project was started by Amaury Kosman and team 3 years ago, it just launched on Kickstarter in Jan 2020 and already exceeded 600% its funding goal.
Our editorial team had the chance to sit down with Amaury and Laurent to have a first look at the proof-of-concept prototype ring as well as its companion mobile app. We also chatted about how the ring is using a proprietary algorithm and advanced AI to stand out in the stiff wearable competition.
If you are into smart jewelry or Kickstarter wearables, below is a sneak peek of the revolutionary wearable ring.
Hardware – A Tiny Device Packed with Tech Smarts
From a first look, the ring looks like a pretty standard wedding band with a minimalist design. But on close inspection, you will see the buttons and sensors that give away its techy smarts.
“We wanted something people can wear at night”, says Amaury as he comments on the lack of complete wellness data among popular wearable trackers. According to Amaury, to get complete data, a wearable device not only needs to be comfortable to wear to sleep, but also have close enough contact to skin to collect accurate data.
This is where Amaury sees Circular ring can “fill the gap”, quite literally, compared to wrist-worn devices that often fills the missing data with machine learning algorithm.
Some highlights on the hardware aspect of the ring include:
- Smart control – at the bottom of the ring there is a button that can be used to stop the silent alarm as well as a remote control for IoT devices.
- Intelligent Silent Alarm – Fitbit was among the first to pioneer silent alarm with a vibration, but Circular ring takes the concept to the next level. The ring tracks your sleep cycle, so you can choose to be woken up only at the end of a sleep cycle with a silent vibration on your finger.
- Changeable shells – on the outer ring, the metal shell be slid out so you can switch it up to fit your wardrobe. Currently, there are silver, black and rose gold shells to choose from, and more to be added in the future.
- Infrared optical pulse sensor – Circular ring used the Infrared LED sensor to monitor heart rate. Many skeptics are concerned with blinking lights on sensors that could disrupt sleep. The infrared light is not visible to the human eye and will not affect your sleep while monitoring your body signals 24/7.
- Swim Proof up to 5TM – that way you won’t need to take the ring off when you watch your hands or shower for more accurate all-day data collection
And of course, it comes with the standard fitness wearable function to track activities, calories burned and active minutes. You can find the complete features on offer from their Kickstarter campaign page.
Software – Using Algorithm to Deliver Actionable Insights
What excited me the most, and in my humble opinion will be the game-changer feature, is the smart ring’s unique algorithm that turns data into insights. Instead of merely tracking and displaying data, the wearable crunch the data into actionable health advice.
Having worn and tested many fitness wearables, I often feel inundated by the wealth of raw data that leaves me at a loss with what to do. Many wearable users feel the same way: what good does it do to wake up to a poor sleep score without any practical how-tos to improve it?
During the product demo, Laurent (another co-founder) showcased how Circular ring’s data crunching can be used to optimize users’ energy and sleep with practical recommendations. The uniqueness of the ring’s AI-powered algorithm lies in that it doesn’t compare your health data to a generic benchmark, like most wearables do today.
Rather, the team behind the Circular ring believes that each person is unique, and therefore the benchmark should be based on the individual’s own personal history and as a result, deliver truly personalized insights. For example, instead of recommending 8 hours of sleep to all adults of a certain age and gender, the smart ring will first calculate a 14-day average of the wearer’s sleep data, and factor in both personal history and the general guide to establishing the baseline for the individual.
What’s more, you don’t just get a reading of how great or poor your sleep quality was. The app’s AI-assistant called Kira will cross-analyze your day & night activities, and recommend all factors one can optimize for better sleep and daytime energy.
What’s Next for Circular Smart Ring
The project has reached 795% of its funding role on Kickstarter since launch, and is now in the final stages of prototyping before starting mass manufacturing. The estimated delivery date is Aug 2020. If you are interested in becoming an early adopter, consider backing this project on Kickstarter to claim early bird rewards before they are sold out.
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