Oura Ring 3 review: A missed opportunity for wearable technology

Chris Becherer, head of product at Oura Health, told me the company is aware of the problem and is working on a fix. He suggests that in the meantime, I could go back and delete the workouts to notify the app that I’m not walking.

This didn’t work. The app permanently recorded my movements while walking and could not erase the data. I ride my motorbike regularly, including to do errands around town, which means almost a week of activity data has been ruined. Having to manually edit my data would also defeat the purpose of an automated tracker.

For comparison, I also wore an Apple Watch while testing the Oura. Even after my 100-mile ride, the Apple Watch correctly reported that I only walked about a mile and didn’t exercise much that day.

Days later, I wore Oura again when I rode my motorbike to the gym. The app reported that I walked about six miles in 3,500 steps.

Some aspects of Oura are interesting. The battery of the ring lasts about seven days, much longer than devices, like the Apple Watch, which need to be recharged every other day. A longer charge time means the ring can stay on your body longer, which allows it to collect more data about you over time, including details about your heart rate and sleep. friend.

Each day, the app checks those different measurements to calculate a “readiness” score. A high readiness score indicates that you have recovered well from the previous day’s activities. Overall, my readiness score may not be accurate because I ride a motorcycle – but for non-cyclists who are athletes, it can be a useful way to determine if Work out hard or rest during the day.

I also like how the Oura app displays data for sleep. It shows a graph that illustrates when I am in different stages of sleep and when I am awake. It also shows my lowest heart rate while sleeping – higher heart rates can be the result of stress or eating late. Finally, the app gives advice: When it’s close to bedtime, the software recommends you not to consume caffeine and alcohol for a better night’s sleep.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/26/technology/personaltech/oura-ring-3-review.html Oura Ring 3 review: A missed opportunity for wearable technology

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