This smart ring maker has some wild product plans for 2024

Ultrahuman Air Ring seen from above.
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“We wanted to talk about what’s coming up in the near future, as well as some new product launches coming up in the next few months that I think you’ll find really interesting. “I wanted to give you a glimpse of what’s going to happen.”

When I spoke to Mohit Kumar, Founder and CEO of Ultrahuman, on Zoom, this is how he started our conversation. And in doing so, he Definitely Had my attention. What happened next was a fascinating glimpse into how the Ultrahuman Ring Air, which I recently wore, is only the beginning for this four-year-old company.

15 new product releases

Ultrahuman Air on its charging plinth.
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Ultrahuman has garnered a lot of attention with the Ring Air smart ring, and it has become a top alternative to the popular Ora Ring. While Ora is currently focusing more on partnerships to increase sales and mindshare, Ultrahuman is moving forward with new and unusual hardware and software features.

“Half of our product lines in 2024 will be our own new hardware,” Kumar said. “In total, we have 15 different product releases, seven of which are hardware.”

Obviously, it would be impossible to go through all 15 (as much as I wanted to), so we focused on a handful of the biggest and most innovative upcoming developments – each of which differentiates Ultrahuman from the competition in exciting ways.

blood test at home

Blood is being tested in a test tube.
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Kumar said, “We want to create a central platform that gives you access to all your health markers, the scores created based on these markers, and where you can form your own opinion or view about your health based on these markers.” ” Told about the mission of the company. Currently, you can track markers based on sleep, heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), temperature, and more. There is also a glucose monitor called the Ultrahuman M1 that is available internationally, and it will come to the US in 2024.

“As we move forward we are looking at adding more markers, even going to the extent of adding blood markers,” Kumar said of future plans.

This is the first new feature we discussed. It’s called Blood Vision, and it will add blood test data to the UltraHuman app. But instead of forcing you to go and get a blood test or order a test at home, then manually add the data yourself, Ultrahuman will remove all this effort from the process.

It’s an attractive feature that we’ve seen before in any health and lifestyle wearable.

A phlebotomist will come to your home, take a sample, return it to the lab, and the results will automatically appear in the app for you. Blood Vision will launch in India during December, and will come to the US early next year. Kumar explained how this would work.

“In India, it will be possible to book a phlebotomist to reach your home in 60 minutes to draw blood, then you will get your results in six hours. In the US, you will be able to book a slot with 24 hours’ notice, so the phlebotomist will arrive the next day. They are the gold standard test, whereas home tests have a lot of limitations due to the reagents used. You’re looking at about 560 markers for a home test, but in the gold standard test, we’re looking at over 1,000 health markers.

According to Kumar, the tests will include core markers such as insulin, glucose and homocysteine, but will also take into account specific markers that are relevant to gender and ethnicity. UltraHuman will be partnering with other companies for on-demand trials, and more details about that will come closer to launch. It’s a fascinating feature that’s unlike anything we’ve seen in a health and lifestyle wearable before, and it has the potential to provide important and unique insights into your body, health and performance over time.

an amazing light sensor

A man holding an Ultrahuman Air Ring, showing sensors.
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Blood Vision is a software feature, with changes being made to the app’s algorithms to interpret results, but what about the hardware? The first new hardware-related feature coming from Ultrahuman is a sensor that will be integrated into future versions of the ring.

“A big change coming to future versions of the ring is a patented light detection sensor, which will sense what type of spectrum of light you’re looking at, and map it to show how much vitamin D is actually being produced.” Has been in your body,” Kumar said before explaining in more detail how it would work.

“There are different ultraviolet light bands, and it is the UVB band that is responsible for vitamin D production in the body. The problem is that many people get too much UVA and UVC, but not too much UVB. Therefore, even if they get sunlight, they do not get the right kind of sunlight. The second thing is that most people do not get enough sunlight, or they do not get it at the right time.

The light sensor and Ultrahuman’s algorithm will help you better understand the best time to be in the sun, and track the type of sun exposure you have. Kumar also said it will potentially measure blue light as well. All this information can inspire lifestyle changes that you wouldn’t be able to realistically make without access to such data. Ultrahuman’s patented light sensor is still in development, and is expected to launch later in 2024.

Stuff we’ve never seen on a smart ring

Sensor on Ultrahuman Ring Air
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One disadvantage of the current Ultrahuman Ring Air is its long-term comfort level. I found its sharp edges a bit uncomfortable compared to the round Ora Ring – something my friend also noted when he wore the Ring Air for several weeks. Ultrahuman controls all aspects of design and manufacturing, and is working hard on not only optimizing the current Ring Air, but also experimenting with other materials that could revolutionize the way we think about smart rings. Can change in some way.

“The edges of the ring will be more rounded and more comfortable to wear, and the width will also be slightly smaller,” Kumar said of future plans for the current ring design. He then talked about additional models.

“A lot of people have come to us and said they want a heavier ring, so we’re looking at using zirconium for a more solid, stronger ring. On the other hand, we are also considering launching something called “helium”, which would be made from a different alloy that is significantly lighter than titanium, but perhaps even stronger.

Experimenting with other materials could completely change the way we think about smart rings.

While these changes are exciting, perhaps the most innovative new hardware development Kumar talked about was a flexible version, which he described as more than a finger. band, It will be made mostly of silicone, potentially making it more comfortable and more durable than any metal smart ring. However, it is not without its engineering challenges.

“You need to make the circuit boards and batteries flexible, but I think in our case, we already have that optimization in place. that’s not a problem. There may be some other limitations also. We can’t use the 24mAh battery from the current Titanium Ring Air, so can’t get the same level of battery power efficiency.

Kumar further said, “An 18mAh battery would be useful, but it also has many benefits.” “What is also challenging is how it handles rough surfaces, and how to maintain an internal transparent band because you need to let the LED light pass through. So this is what we’re working on again, and there are some really cool options with different grades of silicone. I think we’re getting closer to the answer.”

There’s more to come in 2024

This is just the start of UltraHuman’s plans for 2024, which include more in-depth software features, changes to the app experience to highlight a unified view of your data, and even a device that monitors the environment around you. Also includes the release of companion devices.

“We are a small team, and we are deeply passionate about the products,” Kumar said, adding, “One thing that can be expected of us is that we will be extremely adventurous, and will experiment creatively in this area.”

Based on what I learned during our conversation, that may also be an understatement. The Ultrahuman Ring Air costs $349 and requires no ongoing subscription to use. For more information, you can read our in-depth review of the Ultrahuman Ring Air.






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