Samsung's Galaxy Ring signals a new approach to everyday wellness

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In brief: After teasing the novel wearable gadget last month, Samsung is now formally introducing the Galaxy Ring at Mobile World Congress 2024 in Barcelona. The Korean giant is adjusting its health and wellness strategy with new devices and an AI-infused management of personal, private data.

Coming later this year, the Galaxy Ring is Samsung's latest offering in the wearable market for wellness and personal healthcare. Designed to be comfortable for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Galaxy Ring aims to simplify everyday wellness while being part of the company's new strategy for addressing the "digital health dilemma."

The Galaxy Ring is being showcased at Mobile World Congress and will be available in three different colors: gold, platinum silver, or ceramic black. According to The Verge, the device is lighter than it appears, has a slightly concave shape, and is available in sizes ranging from 5 to 13 (S to XL).

The Galaxy Ring will collect various health data points to calculate a new intelligent health score known as My Vitality Score. This score will provide personalized health insights based on multiple factors, including sleep, activity, heart rate, and heart rate variability. The company is also extending its partnership with the fertility app Natural Cycles to the new device.

With the Galaxy Ring, Samsung is introducing a new method to deliver personalized wellness and health insights to customers. The strategy revolves around home and personal devices, where Samsung believes it can establish "intelligent" connections unlike any other company.

The healthcare industry has faced limitations due to data fragmentation, but Samsung Health aims to connect various devices and third-party solutions on a single platform. Advanced sensors, including those in the Galaxy Ring, securely gather data, while AI algorithms offer more personalized insights and tailored "health experiences" for each user.

Samsung asserts that AI is the most transformative technology of the century, and wearable devices can now provide customers with a more comprehensive approach to health improvement. Although Samsung doesn't provide details about the specific AI models it employs, the company notes that Samsung Health has an extensive "global dataset" of 64 million monthly active users.

Samsung states that the Galaxy Ring is one of its "many initiatives" aimed at simplifying healthcare and wellness for "billions of people." However, the company has not yet disclosed specific information about the pricing and availability of the new device.

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Well, I was hoping to see how annoying it would be to use (battery life, how to recharge, etc). I can't imagine that thing being all that convenient...
 
You can bet YOUR health and wellness is the least of their concerns ..... except the health of your wallet .......
 
Your health will be monitored and cost decisions will be made dependent on your lifestyle. Now, in the future but most importantly how much will be spent to keep you alive

Little by little...first, smartphones. Tracking you everywhere. Then, Apple Pay, Google Pay (Wallet), Samsung Pay. Get you use to not using "hard cash". Then smart watches and now smart rings. Track your health.
Then, just flip the digital dollar and eliminate cash. NOW they've got ya.
Pull into a drive up fast food joint. Try to order a burger, fries & a coke. BUZZZZZ sorry, our data shows your BMI is too high, you didn't walk enough & your sleep is poor. But, you are approved for a salad with NO dressing. Pull around to the window.
Try to buy a vehicle....BUZZZZZZ. Our data shows you live close enough to where you work, to take a city bus or walk.
Laugh now, but that is the future.
 
“ Designed to be comfortable for 24 hours a day, seven days a week”

Sounds great on paper, until they figured that it runs on battery and may need to be recharged quite often especially over time when the battery degrades.
 
Little by little...first, smartphones. Tracking you everywhere. Then, Apple Pay, Google Pay (Wallet), Samsung Pay. Get you use to not using "hard cash". Then smart watches and now smart rings. Track your health.
Then, just flip the digital dollar and eliminate cash. NOW they've got ya.
Pull into a drive up fast food joint. Try to order a burger, fries & a coke. BUZZZZZ sorry, our data shows your BMI is too high, you didn't walk enough & your sleep is poor. But, you are approved for a salad with NO dressing. Pull around to the window.
Try to buy a vehicle....BUZZZZZZ. Our data shows you live close enough to where you work, to take a city bus or walk.
Laugh now, but that is the future.
Then they start inspecting what friends you have and punish you for not having enough diverse group of friends.
 
I would buy if the price is right and it don't be uncomfortable to use 24/7 on my finger. I got sleep apnea, a wearable that can track me while I sleep would be welcome cause I need to know if treatment is working, and I can't afford an Oura ring.

Damn privacy, they already got my contacts, photos, schedules, conversations, phone numbers, desires, wishes. Get my vital signs if I can get some insights. If the price is right, you can take my soul.
 
Hard pass. I wouldn't wear such a ring even if paid well to do so..
 
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Such a useful writeup! I love the way it concisely explains the battery life, radiation output, cost, full range of capabilities...

 
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