8 Smart Rings With Fitness Features

By | January 3, 2022

Wearable technology is changing the way we live our lives. Unlike watches and bracelets, smart rings are smaller, lighter, and much less obvious in their intended function. Most even look like ordinary jewelry.

But don’t be fooled, some smart rings can monitor your vitals just like the Apple Watch. Other people can track your sleep too, like Fitbit. Some even let you make contactless payments like a regular bank card.

Want to know? Here are the best smart rings available today.

Motive

Motiv is one of the most feature-packed smart rings on the market. The standout feature is its ability to track physical activity. This includes metrics such as steps, distance traveled, heart rate, activity, and calories burned. This ring also tracks the quality of your sleep as it is designed to be worn all day. The data collected is integrated with Apple Health and Google Fit, so you can see all your health data in one place.

Compared to smartwatches, Motiv enjoys a relatively long battery life of around three days. Charges via the included magnetic charging dock in about 90 minutes. The ring itself is made of ultra-light titanium. This means it’s durable enough, and water-resistant enough to keep it in the shower.

Unlike other fixtures, the smart ring must fit your finger snugly. When you buy a Motiv ring, the company first sends you a ring size, allows you to specify a color, then sends you your custom size ring. They do all that with free shipping. Each ring comes with a 45-day satisfaction period, during which you can return or exchange your device if you’re not happy.

Despite being one of the best smart rings on the market, some users have noted issues with the Motiv. One reviewer found that the ring scratched easily, while another noticed inconsistent filling.

Oura

The Oura is a ring that focuses on three distinct areas; sleep, readiness, and activity. The ring contains a body temperature sensor, infrared LED, 3D accelerometer and gyroscope. Where Oura excels over Motiv is its ability to track and analyze sleep.

By tracking your sleep schedule, Oura helps suggest the optimal time for you to close your eyes. While you sleep, the ring measures your temperature and movement to gauge when and where you sleep. This data is then used to provide you with daily, weekly, and monthly sleep quality reports.

But that’s not all can be done. Oura also tracks heart rate during physical activity and at rest. Like most fitness trackers, there are daily activity goals to help you move more. Inactivity alerts are designed to get you out of your seat, plus step and calorie counting can help you reach your fitness goals.

Like Motiv, Oura is made of lightweight titanium. The battery can last up to a week, which means you can use it day and night. Water resistance up to 100 meters makes this ring safe for bathing and swimming. There are eight different sizes from US6 to US13 to choose from.

Blinq

While most smart rings look like hidden bands, Blinq throws that convention out the window. This unabashedly austere design features your choice of moonstone, blue aventurine, pink jade, or gray cat’s eye stone.

This gemstone is not just for show. Blinq has a notification system that uses LEDs to light up the rock. Set up custom alerts for specific contacts, and enable incoming Blinq notifications for phone calls, text messages, emails, and other apps.

Blinq also has several fitness tracking features in the form of steps, distance and calories burned. There is no heart rate monitoring or gyroscope, which means activity and sleep tracking are very limited. The ring is waterproof, so you can shower and swim in peace.

One standout feature worth mentioning is the panic button. By setting a custom tap pattern, you can use your ring to send an SOS alert without touching your phone. When activated, Blinq sends SMS to pre-selected emergency contacts and social networks with your current location.

Sleepon Go2Sleep

The Go2Sleep Sleepon Ring is designed to help you (wait) improve your sleep. This is not your average smart ring; You won’t be wearing it all the time. Instead, you wear the Go2Sleep ring, fall asleep, and get a detailed analysis of your sleep patterns.

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The ring itself is oddly shaped, with sensors to monitor blood oxygen, heart rate, apnea index, sleep efficiency, and sleep stages. Blood oxygen monitoring is very powerful because you can set alerts to trigger and wake you up if it falls too low.

There’s one aspect of the Go2Sleep ring that might go too far. I’m talking about the Family Sleep Monitoring function which allows you to share and view sleep data with your near and dear ones. All this data can be exported and shared with your doctor or sleep specialist.

NFC Ring OPN

The NFC Ring OPN is a sleek, understated, and wearable NFC tag that’s available in black or white. Made of scratch-resistant ceramic, OPN is durable and stylish. Ceramics were chosen because they are hypoallergenic. This is the same reason Apple uses ceramic behind all its Apple Watch models as well.

OPN includes an updated 2018 antenna design of the NFC Ring for increased operating range and extended compatibility. You can write to the ring using the included app, or expand the possibilities with other NFC tag writing software.

Unfortunately, you cannot use OPN to make purchases. However, you can use it to do other things you can do with NFC tags. That includes opening doors, sharing contact information, visiting web pages, and sending texts.

The biggest downside to OPN is the price. For rings that don’t track activity, provide notifications, or allow you to make payments, that’s expensive. Then again, some of the other rings look good or are made of high quality materials.

McLEAR Ring

The McLEAR Ring is actually identical to the NFC Ring OPN, but with one big difference; can be used to make payments. McLEAR uses the same contactless technology built into your bank card to allow you to make tap-and-go purchases.

Unfortunately, the McLEAR ring is not directly linked to a bank account. Instead, you use the RingPay app to add funds to a separate wallet. The ring then uses this wallet to make payments. It’s worth checking out their Limits and Fees page to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

The ring is made of the same hypoallergenic ceramic as seen on OPN. It also shares the same understated design, which means it looks great. It is scratch resistant, waterproof, and does not require charging. If you lose your ring, you can quickly freeze your wallet using RingPay.

Unlike the NFC Ring OPN, you cannot use the McLEAR ring for other NFC purposes. Currently, the ring is currently available in the UK, with a waiting list available for overseas customers.

EasySMX Ring Mouse

The jury is still out on whether a ring mouse is technically a smart ring because it’s not something you’ll be wearing all day. The EasySMX Ring Mouse is a fairly inexpensive wearable pointing device. There’s a touch pad at the top of the ring that allows you to control your Mac or Windows cursor.

There are four programmable buttons for play, plus four separate DPI levels so you can adjust sensitivity to suit your needs. It is probably most useful as a presentation tool. The mouse syncs via a small plug-in USB adapter, with a range of about 10 meters.

Battery life is somewhere between three and five hours, with a charge time of two hours. The ring mouse can be positioned on your finger in such a way that regular typing is also possible.

Emmako Wireless Finger Mouse

For a slightly different take on the ring mouse, check out the Emmako Wireless Finger Mouse. This is an optical mouse that sits on your finger. To move the pointer, simply place the mouse over the surface and drag. You can then use your thumb to control the right and left mouse buttons.

Once you get used to the added weight, you can type normally with the mouse still resting on your finger. Amazon reviewers praised the optical tracking performance, which is always a concern with low-cost pointing devices.

The Emmako Wireless Finger Mouse connects via Bluetooth and is compatible with Windows, Mac, ChromeOS, and Android 4.0 and above. If you’re having trouble using a regular mouse or trackpad, this slightly unusual design can provide some relief.

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