Oura Ring review 2022-10 Top Questions

What is the Oura Ring?

The Oura Ring
The Oura Ring

The Oura Ring Generation 3 is called the “future of health” (by the Oura Company) wrapped around your finger- monitoring your sleep, heart rate, activity, and temperature with personalized insights.

The Oura Ring is a health technology brand that created a ring that tracks key signals from your body. Delivering critical insights to help you build good habits and harness your body’s potential every day.

Oura Ring was developed for those who want to empower, understand, and define their health on their own terms.

How Does the Oura Ring Work?

Uses a 3D Accelerometer

The Oura Ring uses a 3D accelerometer for activity tracking which measures how your ring moves up and down, side to side, and back and forth.

How Oura Measures Steps

The ring registers all of your daily movements and their intensities, from light housework to heavy workouts. From the gathered data, Oura’s activity algorithms are fine-tuned to recognize steps from the rest of your daily movement.

Oura is able to identify step patterns within a very small window of time (30 seconds) and with a high level of precision from your finger. Any non-step movement is still captured in your total activity. Manually adding your activities or workouts on the Home Tab can improve the accuracy of your activity.

How Oura Uses METs to Calculate Energy Expenditure

Oura calculates your daily energy expenditure using METs or Metabolic Equivalents. MET is a common measure used to express the energy expenditure and intensity of different physical activities. If the MET value of a specific activity is 4, it means that you’re burning 4 times as many calories as you would burn while resting.

The time you spend doing different activities with specific MET values can be expressed as MET minutes. For example:

– 30 min x brisk walking (MET value=3) = 90 MET minutes

– 30 min x jogging (MET value=7) = 210 MET minutes

How Accurate is the Oura Ring?

In this study of 49 healthy subjects, the Oura ring packed the same punch as a medical-grade ECG, despite weighing in at only 4 grams!

In a study by the science team the Oura Rings accuracy for resting heart rate was 99.6%, the heartrate variability was 98%

The Oura ring performed near-perfect for resting heart rate (r² = 0.996) and extremely high for heart rate variability (r² = 0.980) when compared to a medical-grade ECG device.

How Durable is the Oura Ring, and is it Waterproof?

The Oura Ring is not fully waterproof but is water resistant up to 328 feet of water. It can easily handle showers, baths, rain, and swimming. It is made of durable titanium.

Can the Oura Ring be hacked for Personal Information?

There is a Privacy & Security Guide in Place

From what we can tell, the Finnish company that makes the Oura does a pretty good job withe privacy of all the personal data this little ring collects. Ours says they don’t sell or rent your personal information or share the Oura app data with third party advertisers. The device does track your biometric data closely.

Oura offers up not one but two privacy policies that cover everything from the device and app to a privacy policy for sharing data with your doctor, trainer, or coach. It’s different, and maybe that’s a good thing.

Tips to protect yourself

Consider turning on a “Ring airplane mode” feature which allows to proactively disable all radio transmission from the ring, which causes the ring to lose connection to the app, at the moments you do not want your data to be collected.

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Where Does the Oura Data Go?

How Oura Protects Your Data (GDPR and CCPA Compliant)

Your ring syncs data with your Oura App via Bluetooth. All your app data is connected to your Oura account, which you created when you first set up your ring.

The Oura App syncs your data with Oura on the web approximately once every 24 hours to ensure your app insights are never lost in case your ring is lost, stolen or you decide to upgrade. it is recommended saving your data under a single Oura account so you can switch rings and devices without ever losing your data.

Can Insurance Companies Get Access to My Oura Data?

Yes, Generally Speaking

Life insurance companies will be able to access some information about your medical history. Usually through the MIB, questionnaires that you fill out during the application process or if you sign and authorization granting them access.

Does my insurance company share information about me with other insurers?

If so, Why?

Not only does your Life insurance company share information about your health with other insurers, but they also receive this information directly from your doctor and other sources. Insurance companies use “underwriting standards” to determine whether they will issue the policy the customer requests and what the price will be.

How Much does the Oura Ring cost?

The cost of the Oura Ring is around $299.00 (Heritage Stealth Black $399.00) The ring requires a subscription for 6 months, starting after the first 6 months which is free. You are required to have your subscription if you are using the Gen 3.

How Much is a Subscription?

Unlike the earlier models, the new ring needs a $6-a-month subscription to function, pulling a range of health insights and fitness features in the app (with six months free with the ring purchase). Without the subscription it just gives a basic daily “readiness” score (Oura’s proprietary metric), with no extra stats.

What do I get with a Subscription for the Oura Ring?

AYou get a monthly membership that enables Oura to bring you more accurate data, more innovative features, and regular content releases. This only applies to the Gen3.

Where Can I Get My Oura Ring?

You can get your Oura Ring on their Official Website at Ouraring.com

Conclusion

There is contention over a matter of opinion with the public about the membership fee although the fee isn’t that bad compared to other heart and sleep monitors.

If you have sleep issues this may be a perfect fit for you, it’s comfortable and you hardly feel it because it’s on your finger. The Oura Ring holds its charge for a week and is quick to recharge.

If you want more information about the Oura Ring, go to the official website at the above link and definitely do your research before you buy. Read the reviews of the customers and the website reviews on google.

If you want to leave a comment below or just have a question, please feel free.

Wishing you well,

Sherry

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