Smart rings have a long way to go

A normal ring, the Oura Ring Gen 3 (center), and the Oura Ring Gen 2 (left)
The Oura Ring is the only smart ring that’s found any real commercial success. | Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge

Smartwatches stole the spotlight from phones this fall, but there’s another wearable form factor waiting in the wings: smart rings. Korean outlet Naver recently reported that Samsung has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a smart ring of its own, complete with EKG and smart home control. And while it’d be awesome if Samsung did kick down the doors next fall with a new wearable, the reality is it’ll be a long, long time before this kind of futuristic smart ring is ready for prime time.

It’s easy to see why smart rings are an attractive prospect. Compared to smartwatches, they’re more discreet, fingers are better for heart rate measurement, and rings are way more comfortable to wear 24/7. They’d be ideal health…

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Author: Victoria Song