Movano has teased a smart ring it intends to show at the CES 2022 tech conference, which starts on January 5.
According to CNET, Movano plans to undercut what is perhaps the best-known smart ring, the Oura Ring.
The Movano Ring’s core piece of sensor hardware is an optical heart rate reader able to sense variations in multiple bands of light wavelengths, allowing it to record both heart rate and blood oxygenation. It will also monitor temperature, heart rate variability, respiration rate, and the fitness tracker basics like steps and calories burned.
I wrote about Movano back in 2020, on the subject of its watch made for people with diabetes. The Movano Ring has a wider appeal, a smart ring that will offer everyday health advice based on the stats it collects.
Such advice typically includes how hard you should push yourself during exercise on any particular day, and whether you should be trying to get more sleep.
The Movano ring does not have FDA clearance at present, according to The Verge, but the company is currently conducting trials to that end. This is a light stamp of approval for a wearable’s sensor hardware and software, although plenty of fitness watches offer similar hardware without an FDA nod.
Movano also intends to bring non-invasive blood glucose monitoring solutions to market. However it seems likely this would be through a watch rather than this smart ring.
Movano’s technique for glucose monitoring uses radio frequency waves to analyze changes in blood glucose.
More details on the Movano Ring may be announced next month at CES, but there will be quite a wait for this smart ring. Movano intends to release a beta version in the second half of 2022.