THE Samsung think about going beyond smartwatches. The South Korean brand filed a patent for a smart ring, which would be able to collect users’ health data, such as heart rate. This is what an article published in South Korean shows naver made this Monday (17), based on news from the ETNews.
The patent was applied for at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in October 2021. According to the portal, the registration reveals a ring, which would be applied to the users’ ring finger. Through it, cell phones would have one more way to collect health information, as is already done by watches.
The ring would have a sensor similar to watches. With the technology, the wearable would be able to monitor heartbeats and perform an electrocardiogram (ECG). Another possibility would be the control of devices in the brand’s ecosystem, such as televisions, tablets, smartphones and the like.
Samsung can follow in the footsteps of Oura and Amazon
The smart ring tends to take Samsung’s ecosystem to another level. After all, the company will have one more product, in addition to fitness bracelets and smartwatches, to monitor users’ exercise and fitness. In addition, like Apple, the South Korean brand has great potential to popularize the technology around the world.
But this does not mean that the company will be a pioneer. Currently, the big name in this market is Oura, which is responsible for the Oura Ring Gen 3 with sensors to monitor sleep, heart rate, stress and the like. In the United States, the ring is on sale with prices starting at US$ 299 (about R$ 1,540 in direct conversion).
Amazon also has a smart watch, according to the The Verge. Known as Echo Loop, the wearable follows the same proposal, emits notifications with finger vibration and is still integrated with Alexa. The device hit stores in 2019 at a promotional price of US$ 129 (R$ 665) and a suggested price of US$ 179 (R$ 920).
Despite the patent, this does not mean that Samsung will release the ring anytime soon. Manufacturers often register their ideas with patent offices, but never bring the designs to market. That is, it is necessary to wait for the confirmation of the manufacturer will be revealed to the public or not.
With information: naver, SamMobile and XDA-Developers