Samsung Unveils Galaxy Ring

The Latest Innovation Revealed by Samsung: Galaxy Ring

Galaxy Ring

On February 26, IT House reported that in the last month’s Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung teased a new wearable device category with a dazzling video and a name – Galaxy Ring. Now, more details about this ring are emerging, and it is expected to hit the market later this year.

Before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, The Verge editor Allison Johnson had the opportunity to experience a prototype of the Galaxy Ring firsthand. The ring is reported to be very lightweight, offering three color options, although Samsung emphasizes that the final product may undergo changes. Johnson expressed that she sensed Samsung’s greater vision for this new product line. They don’t just see it as another wearable device but as part of the company’s future “environmentally aware” vision.

Galaxy Ring Prototype

The prototype of the Galaxy Ring that Johnson tried on came in three colors: platinum silver, ceramic black, and gold. Photography was not allowed during the trial, but Johnson mentioned that the Galaxy Ring felt lighter than it looked, and wearing it was not as bulky as imagined. The ring has a slightly concave shape, and each color offers size options ranging from 5 to 13, which is slightly wider than the usual range for wearable devices. The sizes are labeled from S to XL on the inside of the ring.

Galaxy Ring Sensors

Dr. Hon Pak, Vice President of Samsung’s Digital Health Division, did not specify which sensors the ring will carry. However, he mentioned sleep analysis functions based on heart rate, movement, and breathing indicators. Dr. Hon Pak stated that Samsung’s collaboration with their partner Natural Cycles (who introduced period and ovulation tracking features to the Galaxy Watch series) will also extend to the Galaxy Ring, putting it in direct competition with the Oura Ring. Larger-sized versions of the Galaxy Ring will have bigger battery capacity, although Dr. Hon Pak did not provide exact battery life data.

It was noted that the Galaxy Ring will support the new feature “My Vitality Score,” recently launched by Samsung’s health app. This metric, based on a model from the University of Georgia and combining factors like sleep, activity, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability, will also be a feature on the Samsung Galaxy Watch. It will first be introduced on the upcoming Watch 6 later this year, requiring pairing with the Galaxy S24 series phones. Galaxy Ring users will also be able to set specific health goals and receive related updates and prompts in the form of “Booster Cards,” a feature that will also be launched in Samsung’s health app later this year.

Throughout the presentation of Samsung’s future vision for wearable devices, Dr. Hon Pak repeatedly described the Galaxy Ring as a step towards building a larger “environmentally aware” ecosystem, providing “home-centered interconnected care.” The concept of “environmental awareness” does not rely on individual devices but on collecting data from multiple sources. For example, your ring, watch, and even fridge could work together to remind you that it has been four days since you last ate vegetables, which could be why you’ve been feeling unwell lately.

Dr. Hon Pak eloquently portrayed this vision, envisioning a comprehensive system that supports personal health goals rather than bombarding users with disconnected data. This sounds sensible, even aspirational. But first, Samsung needs to get this ring right.

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