The new Oura Ring is a combined sleep and activity tracker, it is the best wearable tech ring.
The new Oura Ring has more features than the original Oura Ring and with a significant makeover both in terms of the physical appearance of the ring as well as with the app. (Edit) I’ve now written up a SUPER-DETAILED “new Oura Ring Review“. This is a short post and was my first look & first impressions.
A lot has changed. Overall I would say Oura has changed for the better and the aesthetics will probably appeal to a wider audience.
Changes to: the ring
The new Oura Ring has an entirely different aesthetic look compared to the original and is a more conventional band design. This time there are colour options and subtle design variation options. It is notably smaller and also it is lighter. It can still be worn on any finger but probably best on an index or wedding finger.
My new Oura ring is a silvered, band made from titanium with a scratch-resistant diamond-like coating (DLC).
Battery life has been significantly extended ‘up to’ 7 days and the ring itself is claimed to have a greater processor and more memory to store your sleep and activity data before a sync to the app is required.
There is a new (better) wireless, Oura Ring charger & cradle which connects to a standard USB port and which is MUCH easier to correctly position your ring for charging.
Even though the ring is smaller than the first Oura Ring, Oura has managed to squeeze in a gyroscope which should hopefully deliver improvements to activity tracking. which I discuss separately in the detailed, new Oura Ring Review.
There is an updated body temperature sensor which sounds relatively trivial. BUT this should better enable female health tracking.
Firmware for Oura Ring Review v0.30.1 (3Sep2018)
Changes to: the new Oura Ring App used in the Oura Ring Review
- NEW iOS and Android Oura Ring app – users of the original Oura ring WILL be able to use the new app although not all new features on the app are compatible with the old ring. The new app has an entirely different look and feel, although is based on a similar underlying set of data from the ring.
- Q3/Q4.2018 has plans to include live HR and HRV tracking for meditation and relaxation activities
Here is a flavour of the new Oura Ring app’s look and feel
Compare to the original app version shown below
Changes: What is the same?
Like the first Oura ring, the new Oura ring tracks:
- Night-time ECG-level resting heart rate (rHR), Interbeat Interval (IBI sometimes referred to as RR) and heart rate variability (HRV);
- Sleep stages (Deep, REM, light), sleep timing, duration and quality – helps you decide how to improve your deep sleep;
- Respiratory rate, breathing variance;
- Body temperature;
- Intensity, timing and length of physical activities; and
- Inactivity and sedentary time, including alerts
Sleep improvement guidance is also given along with alignment to circadian rhythms.
Summary & Opinion
The new Oura Ring and app look great to me from what I’ve seen so far. As always, the proof will be in the detailed insights that are delivered. I cover this separately in my super-detailed Oura Ring review.
The first Oura Ring was always intended as more of a SLEEP and RECOVERY tracker. Let’s see if this new version can get an improved handle on activity as well.
Edit: December 1, 2018 – I’ve been using the New Oura Ring for several months…#AWESOME. The detailed review is live. The only notable issue I had was with syncing data to the app on a non-supported Android device. Put simply, the new Oura Ring is better in every respect to the original Oura ring and looks great!
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Price, Availability & Discounts
The new Oura Ring will only be available direct from Oura and not from Amazon or eBay. If you are buying it as a gift you STILL get the discount if you chose to buy either a gift card or the ring. (You could give the sizing kit as the initial gift).
Prices start from $299 / 314 € going up to around $1000 for a diamond version.
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Oura is just coming to the end of an extended period of fulfilling pre-orders. As of September 2018, my understanding is that this process is now mostly complete, so the wait times from earlier in the year are reduced. Looking at the iOS and Android app download you can see there have been MANY thousands of downloads which, presumably, reflect a similar number of actual sales of the rings.
Fulfilment of orders by Oura of their second ring is a little trickier as there are many more size and design/colour combinations to stock. #PriceOfSuccess
Here is a flavour of the 3 designs with up to 4 finishes per design. A sizing kit can be sent before you order the size.
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