Samsung’s Galaxy Ring is gonna use a lot of AI to get you healthy

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After it was briefly teased at the end of the Unpacked event last month, Samsung has revealed just tiny little bit more about its upcoming Galaxy Ring wearable at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

When I say a “tiny bit more”, I mean it. There aren’t really any specs to be seen. On the form factor, all we know now is that it will come in three colours: platinum silver, ceramic black, and gold, as well as a range of sizes.

At this point, it’s not overly clear how you’ll pick your size, either.

So what do we know?

Instead of hardware details, like what sensors are inside or how big the battery is, Samsung has instead given a little bit of insight into what the Galaxy Ring will actually let you do.

And perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s going to use AI to help you do it.

Samsung’s goal, across the Galaxy Ring, its Galaxy smartphones and its Galaxy Watch products, is to pull together your health data from different sources into a single platform: Samsung Health.

To be fair, that’s probably the same goal as Apple, or Fitbit, or Withings, to a degree.

Where Samsung plans to expand its offering is in both increasing the amount of data it has, and then leveraging AI to offer more personalised insights into a user’s health.

With over 64 million monthly active users, Samsung has a pretty good dataset to train its AI modelling on.

At the centre of this shift will be your Galaxy smartphone, but the Galaxy Ring is designed to help collect useful data 24/7, by offering a comfortable way to collect data when you’re asleep, for example.

Coming up: My Vitality Score and Booster Card

To really show this off, Samsung is planning on launching two new features later this year to Samsung Health: My Vitality Score and Booster Cards.

My Vitality Score will be available on the Galaxy Ring, as well as Galaxy Watch 6 Series smartwatches paired with an AI-capable S24 Series phone like the S24 Ultra (and probably future flagship devices as well).

The feature combines data from four different areas: Activity, resting heart rate, heart rate variability and sleep. Once interpreted, users will receive a My Vitality Score, which can help understand their current health and readiness for the next workout.

Booster Card, meanwhile, are designed to give more insight into your health data. This will come as suggestions on how to improve your Vitality Score, as well as insights on why you were rated in a certain way.

Any word on pricing or availability?

Nope. The best info we currently have is “later this year”.

As for pricing, the best point of comparison we have right now is the Oura Ring, which starts at USD$299. Samsung could shock us and come in cheaper than that, or it could match it – who knows!?

For now, I’m going to point a finger in the air and say someweher in the $400 to $500 range. But that’s wild speculation.

Like everyone else, I’ll just have to wait and see what we end up with when Samsung actually releases some more information.

[Samsung]

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  • Nick Broughall

    Nick is the founder and editor of BTTR. He is an award winning product reviewer, who has spent the last 20 years writing, editing and publishing technology and consumer content for brands like Finder, Gizmodo and TechRadar.

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