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Oura’s experimenting with a feature to detect early changes in your health

A normal ring, the Oura Ring Gen 3 (center), and the Oura Ring Gen 2 (left)
Oura’s new Symptom Radar feature detects early signs of change to your overall wellness. | Image: Victoria Song / The Verge

The Oura Ring is getting a bit more experimental. Starting today, Oura users will get access to a new Oura Labs feature, which allows them to opt in to experimental features. The first will be something called Symptom Radar, which detects early signs of physiological strain.

Symptom Radar isn’t quite illness detection — a feature that Oura and many other wearables companies put a lot of research into during the early days of the covid-19 pandemic. Instead, it notifies users of significant changes in biometric trends like temperature, respiratory rate, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability. When alerted, users can choose whether to enable Rest Mode or lower their daily activity goal to prioritize rest. While illness could…

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