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Will Samsung’s smart ring usher in a new era of wearable tech?

As consumers become increasingly interested in tracking their health status with help from wearable tech, could Samsung’s smart ring make smartwatches a thing of the past?

Modern life is all about data.

Banking apps notify us about changes in our month-to-month spending habits, music apps reveal how many minutes we spent jamming this year, and our phones and smart watches track everything from the number of steps we take each day to our moment-to-moment heart rate.

Quantifying these little details of our lives has become something of a hobby for young people around the world. Unsurprisingly, tech companies have been eager to develop new gadgets that make the process easier.

For those who monitor their general health via wearable tech – either out of necessity or simply out of personal interest – tech giant Samsung has revealed fresh details about its Galaxy Ring.

What do we know about it?

Samsung first teased the Galaxy Ring in January during a press conference for its S24 smartphone.

It is reportedly fitted with sensors that enable it to offer an array of health-tracking features including reading the wearer’s heart rate, respiratory rate, how long it takes them to fall asleep, and the amount of movement a person makes while sleeping.

The ring, though no bigger than a standard men’s wedding band, will also be capable of giving users a ‘vitality score’ which uses data regarding ‘physical and mental readiness’ to report on ‘how productive you can be.

Admittedly, the idea that a ring will be able to gauge a person’s mental state and let them know when they’ll be performing at their optimum level sounds a little gimmicky. Still, we’ll wait and see for more information on how this works in practice.

Once the gadget is released, users can view all of these data points via a subscription to the incoming Samsung Health app. The app will also offer a personalised ‘health coach,’ trained by Artificial Intelligence.

Executives at Samsung have also revealed that the company is figuring out how non-invasive glucose monitoring and blood pressure sensing technology can be worked into its wearable devices.

Why is Samsung pushing the Galaxy Ring now?

The concept for the Galaxy Ring was launched after customers expressed their desire for a more diverse range of options when it comes to wearable tech.

Most smartwatches (especially the Apple Watch) double as miniature phones or tablets worn on the wrist, which some people find unappealing as smartphones are already distracting enough.

Other customers are simply not willing to trade out classic watches for digital ones, while others dislike wearing watches altogether.

To position itself alongside (or ahead of) its competitors, Samsung is rumoured to be working on incorporating the ability to make contactless payments into the Galaxy Ring.

The device is on track to be released this year, with details of its pricing still unknown.

Although it may cost a pretty penny, we’d be willing to bet its price tag won’t be as steep as the smart ring Apple is rumoured to be working on.