A new study will evaluate a smart ring that takes people’s temperatures in an attempt to identify people who have the new coronavirus early, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Oura Rings, which are marketed as sleep trackers, monitor a wearer’s heart rate, respiratory rate, and changes in body temperature. The devices haven’t been proven to detect COVID-19, but the data they collect might eventually be used to help predict the illness.
Anyone who owns an Oura Ring can opt in to participate in the study. There are more than 150,000 Oura Ring users worldwide, Oura tells The Verge, so this could significantly increase the amount of data available to researchers.
The study will use health data taken from Oura Rings.