RingConn, a promising player in the smart ring industry, has unveiled an update that aims to enhance various features of the device. This new software includes refined sleep tracking algorithms, along with the introduction of unique health metrics such as Sleep Stability. The stress calculating algorithm has also been revamped and incoming are enhancements in heart rate monitoring during exercise.
Our recent hands-on review of RingConn emphasised its intuitive design, strong recovery statistics tracking, and seamless integration with popular health platforms such as Apple Health and Google Fit. The review also highlights a handful of areas where improvements are needed, one of which is heart rate measurement during exercise.
However, the company’s proactive approach in community engagement and refining the product is evident. RingConn is a new entrant in the smart ring space and it has already successfully positioned itself as a more budget friendly alternative to the Oura Ring.
What’s new in app update 1.8.0
Enhanced Sleep Tracking
RingConn’s version 1.8.0 introduces an enriched sleep analysis feature. This lets users explore various sleep sessions, including all phases of sleep and naps, to deepen their understanding of sleep patterns.
Along with this optimization, a novel metric called Sleep Stability has been added, evaluating the consistency of sleep through the examination of variance between wakefulness and different sleep stages. This metric offers a nuanced and holistic view, facilitating a more comprehensive grasp of sleep health.
Sleeping skin temperature offset metric
The enhanced Skin Temperature offers insights into fluctuations between average sleeping skin temperature and baseline levels. It’s a helpful step towards understanding the body’s thermal regulation during sleep.
Menstrual Cycle prediction
Slated to launch in October, the Menstrual Cycle Prediction feature will utilise the skin temperatur data, indicating RingConn’s move towards female health tracking. This is a growing trend in the wearable tech industry.
An adjustment to the stress calculating algorithm has also landed. It ensures a more personalised and accurate assessment of the metric. Previously, users noticed that RingConn tended to calculate slightly higher stress values, sometimes inconsistent with their subjective feelings. The newly updated algorithm ensures that the stress score aligns more closely with users’ personal experiences.
The revised algorithm is now capable of distinguishing between different scenarios in a user’s daily life. For example, if a user is sleeping, the stress score will now show as relaxed and normal, whereas during work, it may indicate normal, medium, or high levels of stress.
The upcoming firmware version FR01.040 will refine heart rate monitoring during physical activities, directly addressing one of our concerns. Look for this to land in the next week or so.
Last up is a new widget for vitals stats. Only iOS for now.
Commitment to refinement
These updates signal RingConn’s dedication to delivering a sophisticated user experience. Improvements in sleep tracking, temperature monitoring, and stress analysis are all useful. It’s a move that potentially broadens the product’s appeal across a diverse user demographics.
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