Fitness startup Ultrahuman is launching a smart ring it claims will give users “ultra-human strength.” And by superhuman strength, the company means a fitness tracker that provides insights into your metabolism by monitoring sleep and exercise. The Smart Ring can also be used with the company’s M1 glucose monitoring patch for more detailed metabolic tracking.
In terms of design and features, the Ultrahuman Ring seems to be based on the popular Oura Ring. It has a PPG heart rate sensor, a temperature sensor and a motion sensor. (Although Ultrahuman spokesman Bilal Mahmood said The edge It won’t have SpO2 sensors.) Like the Oura Ring, there’s no screen or haptics – meaning you’ll have to look at the Ultrahuman app to see your readings. Ultrahuman’s press release states that this was a conscious decision to reduce distractions from notifications. As for the metrics, it can track sleep stages, heart rate, heart rate variation (HRV), and body temperature.
The ring itself is made from “fighter jet” titanium and has a tungsten carbide coating for added durability. According to the Ultrahuman website, this should help with weightlifting and other activities that can kick rings up (e.g. rows, pull-ups, etc.). Battery life is estimated to be four to six days on a single charge – which is in line with most fitness trackers and the Oura Ring.
The ring can be used alone, but The company claims that when paired with the Ultrahuman M1 patch, users can see how their food intake impacts recovery and performance. The M1 is a continuous glucose monitor. The sensor contains a hollow needle that makes a tiny incision in your skin so the patch can track your blood sugar levels in real time. The M1 then gives users a “metabolic score” based on their food intake and exercise level so they can see how certain foods can affect a workout or their sleep quality. Adding the Smart Ring to the mix adds more data points like body temperature and heart rate.
“With the Ultrahuman ring and a new set of metabolic biomarkers, you can now understand not only what affects your glucose metabolism, but also how to act on the findings in efficient ways,” said Mohit Kumar, Founder and CEO of Ultrahuman, in an explanation. “You could calculate how much of your glucose metabolism is affected by lack of sleep compared to the food itself.”
As a standalone device, the Ultrahuman Ring doesn’t seem to reinvent the wheel. The metrics it tracks are the same as the Oura Ring, and the lumen metabolism tracker also tells users how the food they eat is affecting their fitness performance. (However, the lumen tracker is more of a “carb breathalyzer,” with users breathing into the device to see what kind of fuel they’re burning.) But seeing two wearables from the same company that can work is new together to provide multiple data points for different aspects of your metabolic health. Most fitness and health trackers are one-stop shops, with a single device doing all of the monitoring. To get a more holistic picture, you typically need to enable third-party app integrations.
The Ultrahuman Ring is available for pre-order starting July 7th and is expected to ship in August. The ring is available in multiple sizes and four colors – black, grey, silver and gold. As for the price, Mahmood said The edge that it will retail for $299 with lifetime access – meaning there will be no further recurring charges going forward, even if Ultrahuman adds a subscription. However, there are also special prices ranging from $199 to $249 for the first 3,000 orders.