Samsung Unveils Galaxy Ring: Smart Jewelry for the Future

Introduction to Samsung’s Galaxy Ring Smart Jewelry

On the 26th of February, IT Home reported that Samsung, during last month’s Galaxy Unpacked event, teased a new wearable device category with a flashy video and a name – Galaxy Ring. Now, more details have surfaced about this ring, which is expected to be launched later this year.

Samsung's Galaxy Ring

Before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, The Verge’s editor, Allison Johnson, had the chance to experience a prototype of the Galaxy Ring firsthand. The ring is reported to be very lightweight and comes in three color options, although Samsung emphasizes that the final product may undergo changes. Johnson mentioned feeling Samsung’s larger goals for this new product line, seeing it not just as another wearable device but as a part of the company’s future vision of “environmental awareness.”

Galaxy Ring Prototype

The Galaxy Ring prototype that Johnson tried on came in three colors: platinum silver, ceramic black, and gold. Photography was not allowed during the trial, but Johnson stated that the Galaxy Ring felt lighter than it looked and was not as bulky to wear as one might imagine. The ring has a slightly concave shape, and each color offers a range of sizes from 5 to 13, which is wider compared to conventional wearable devices, with sizes marked from S to XL inside the ring.

Galaxy Ring Features

Dr. Hon Pak, Vice President of Samsung’s Digital Health Division, did not specify the sensors integrated into the ring. However, he mentioned sleep analysis functions based on heart rate, activity, and breathing metrics. Dr. Hon Pak also noted that Samsung’s partnership with Natural Cycles (which introduced period and ovulation tracking features to the Galaxy Watch series) would extend to the Galaxy Ring, making it a direct competitor to the Oura ring. The larger-sized version of the Galaxy Ring will feature a bigger battery capacity, but exact battery life data was not provided.

Notably, IT Home observed that the Galaxy Ring will support a new feature recently introduced by Samsung’s health app, the “Vitality Score,” based on a model developed by the University of Georgia. This score calculates data from four factors: sleep, activity, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability. The Vitality Score will also be a feature of the Samsung Galaxy Watch, launching first on the upcoming Watch 6 later this year, but requiring a Galaxy S24 series phone for use. Galaxy Ring users can set specific health goals and receive updates and prompts in the form of “Booster Cards,” which will also be integrated into the Samsung health app later this year.

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

Dr. Hon Pak eloquently portrayed this vision, imagining a holistic system supporting personal health goals rather than bombarding users with unrelated data. This idea sounds sensible and appealing. However, firstly, Samsung needs to ensure the success of this ring.

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