NBA players in the Bubble can wear a ring that predict Covid-19 contraction


  • Technology
  • Thursday, 18 Jun 2020

US NBA players could soon be using the Oura ring to track their health. — AFP Relaxnews

To track the health of basketball teams stationed in the NBA Bubble, The Athletic reports that each player will have the option of wearing a high-tech ring that can track their probability of having contracted Covid-19.

For the 22 NBA teams still in the running to play in the playoffs currently stationed in what's referred to as the NBA Bubble in Orlando, Florida, United States, a handful of technologies exist to help them avoid contracting Covid-19 – especially since playing a contact sport is especially risky right now.

One of these optional technologies, according to the Athletic, is called an Oura smart ring which can track and record various physiological characteristics of the wearer like their body temperature and respiratory rate. Based on these values, the ring can determine one's likelihood of having contracted Covid-19 three days before symptoms are observed with 90% accuracy. Unless a ring alerts personnel that a player probably has the coronavirus, the recorded personal information will remain confidential.

These rings, which function more or less like FitBits in ring form, has a battery life of about a week and are durable enough to resist water and scratches. While this Oura ring comes in a variety of colours and finishes, the starting price for the most basic iteration is US$299 (RM1,279.50)

It's reported that NBA players will have the option to wear this ring or not. – AFP Relaxnews

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