Patent published on March 7, 2024

Oura Health Patent: Adjustable Ring for Better Fit and Safety


Innovative Patent Solves Dilemma of Safe and Secure Wearable Devices

Patent Number: US20240080998A1

A recently published patent has unveiled a groundbreaking solution to a persistent problem faced by wearable gadgets: ensuring a snug fit while also prioritizing safety and comfort. Oura Health, a leading company in the field of wearable technology, has developed a revolutionary adjustable ring that promises to address these concerns and enhance the user experience.

The core problem being solved by this patent is the inherent rigidity of wearable ring devices. While these devices collect valuable data, such as physiological information, from the user's finger through skin contact, their inflexible nature poses potential risks. For example, if the device becomes entangled, it may cause injury or discomfort to the user. Additionally, the rigidity hampers the device's ability to adapt to changes in the user's finger size, potentially leading to inaccurate measurements.

As a response to these issues, the newly patented wearable ring device introduces an ingenious solution: expandability. The device consists of a flexible inner body enveloped by a circuit board adorned with a curved battery. An outer clip secures the components together, forming an open-ended circle, allowing for scalable adjustments to its inner circumference. This unique design not only ensures the device can expand or contract according to the user's finger size, but it also enables the device to release the finger promptly when necessary, thereby enhancing safety.

One notable advantage of this patented invention is its usage of both green and red LEDs. These LEDs offer distinct advantages, particularly when capturing physiological data under various conditions, such as different levels of activity or lighting. For instance, green LEDs have demonstrated superior performance during exercise. Moreover, the placement of LEDs within the ring device gives it an advantage over other wearable gadgets worn on the wrist. The finger's blood vessels, including arteries, are more accessible to LEDs, providing stronger signals and more valuable physiological data compared to devices worn on the wrist.

After the implementation of this patent, the world of wearable gadgets is expected to undergo a significant transformation. Users will benefit from optimized comfort and safety, without compromising accuracy or fit. For example, individuals engaged in sports or physical activities will be able to wear the device confidently, experiencing minimal interference. Additionally, those with medical conditions that lead to changes in finger size (due to injury, weather, or illness) will no longer encounter discomfort caused by rigid wearable gadgets.

Real-life applications of this innovative technology are abundant. Athletes can continuously monitor their performance metrics without any restrictions during intense workouts or competitions. Individuals with health conditions can effortlessly track their vitals throughout the day, ensuring prompt detection of any abnormalities. Furthermore, the versatility of this adjustable ring opens doors for future developments in the field of wearable technology, extending its potential beyond just finger-based devices.

It is important to note that while this patent showcases an exciting breakthrough, there is no guarantee that it will become available in the market. Further research and development, as well as regulatory considerations, are essential steps to transform this patent into a reality.

In conclusion, the Oura Health patent for an adjustable ring that improves the fit, safety, and comfort of wearable gadgets represents a significant advancement in the field of wearable technology. With its expandable design and utilization of multiple LEDs, this invention holds the promise of revolutionizing the way we interact with wearable gadgets, ultimately enhancing our overall well-being and functionality.

P.S. It is important to highlight that this article refers to a patent, and its commercial availability is yet to be determined.

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