Patent published on April 18, 2024

Oura Ring Patent: Health Program for Wearable Devices

Innovation in Health Programs for Wearable Devices to Improve Overall Health

New York, NY - In the quest for improved health and well-being, a groundbreaking patent has been published, offering a potential solution to a common problem faced by individuals seeking to make positive changes to their lifestyle. Oura Health, a prominent company specializing in wearable gadgets, has developed a new technique that harnesses data from these devices to create experimental programs tailored to each individual. The patent, with the reference number US20240122544A1, outlines the methods and technologies behind this innovative approach.

The core problem this patent seeks to address is the enormous variation in how individuals respond to behavioral changes aimed at improving their health. For instance, reducing caffeine intake may greatly benefit some individuals but have little effect on others. Additionally, many individuals give up on their behavioral changes before any noticeable health improvements occur. The lack of adherence to these changes is particularly troubling when individuals are unable to visually observe the effects on their overall health. Moreover, once a behavioral change has been made, most individuals have no means of objectively assessing its impact, relying instead on subjective evaluations, which can be unreliable and biased.

To tackle these challenges, Oura Health's patent proposes a novel approach that leverages wearable gadgets, such as the Oura Ring, to facilitate personalized experimental programs. The user wears the device, which continuously monitors their heart rate and provides them with a range of health-improving ideas. If the user chooses to pursue one of these suggestions, the device tracks their heart rate during the activity, capturing changes before and after.

By employing a combination of green and red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) strategically placed within the ring, Oura Health ensures superior performance compared to traditional wearable gadgets. Green LEDs, for example, have shown enhanced accuracy during exercise. Additionally, the accessibility of blood vessels in the finger, as opposed to the wrist, further contributes to the ring's effectiveness as it aids in obtaining stronger signals and more valuable physiological data. These real-time or near-real-time physiological data visualizations allow users to perceive the impact of their behavioral changes on their health, reinforcing adherence to these changes and promoting long-lasting improvements.

Considering a future where this problem is effectively addressed, the potential impact is immense. Individuals will have the means to objectively assess the impact of their behavioral changes, leading to increased motivation to maintain healthy habits. Real-life examples of how people might utilize this technology include successfully implementing dietary changes and observing how their physiological data responds over time, or utilizing exercise routines tailored to their specific physiological characteristics and tracking improvements in their overall health.

While this patent represents a significant step forward in the field of wearable gadgets and health programs, it is important to note that its appearance in the market is not guaranteed. However, the principles and techniques it presents hold promise for revolutionizing the way individuals approach their well-being.

P.S. Please note that this article is based on a recently published patent registered by Oura Health, and there is no certainty that the patented technology will be brought to market or commercialized in the future.

(Patent number: US20240122544A1)

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