The power of artificial intelligence has allowed wearables to evolve from measuring simple statistics like step or pulse count to broader concepts like “readiness” or “alertness”. But why stop at health? And your mood?
That’s the concept behind the Happy Ring, a new gadget from Happy Health and Tinder founder Sean Rad – yes, really! The co-founder and current president of the world’s largest dating site has a new vision for the wearable world, based on custom biometric sensors and proprietary algorithms that can measure your sleep, stress, and ultimately, mood. The company says this simple ceramic and resin band can capture brain signals from the peripheral nervous system and translate them into objective, real-time measures of mood.
No, this ring will not connect you with your next life partner. But he’ll let you know if you’re happy now.
“There are many wearables that help you on your fitness journey,” says Paul Berns, co-founder and president of Happy Health. “[But] they largely ignore the mind and its effect on their general well-being. The ability to measure and understand our emotional state will help us identify the habits that lead to better health.”
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The team behind the ring has the scientific knowledge to be sure. Berns is joined at the helm of Happy Health by Sue Smalley, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, where she founded the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), and Dr. Dustin Freckleton, a serial entrepreneur with over 15 patents to his name. Meanwhile, Sean Rad came up with the concept of swiping right.
The best-known smart ring on the market is the Oura, of course, a highly regarded wearable that focuses on sleep, measuring your sleep stages, your pulse, breathing and so on to bring you a robust picture of what you do. during the night. The Happy Ring employs a similar set of sensors on its inner edge, which press against your skin to capture brain signals from peripheral nervous system activity.
Like the Oura, the Happy Ring sits on a custom wireless charging obelisk shaped like a cowboy hat. It comes in glossy black or glossy white. And like much of the tech space, the focus here is on the service rather than the device. Happy Ring itself comes free with your subscription, and what you pay per month depends on how long you subscribe. A 24-month plan costs $480, or $20 per month, while a one-year plan costs $300 ($25/month). Or pay as you go at $30 per month.
All levels include sleep analysis and reporting, heart rate monitoring, guided breathing exercises, and diary prompts with CBT via the Happy app, which syncs with Apple Health. An Android-compatible version will be released “in the near future,” the company tells me.
While the concept of measuring mood is fascinating, the cost of the device is worthy of comment. Oura Ring retails for $300 to $400, depending on finish, and a subscription costs $5 a month. Happy Ring cuts start-up costs to zero, but a year of the service itself will cost at least $240, for example. And higher levels of service increase rapidly.
The company tells that the Happy Ring’s battery will last for two to three days, with continuous sampling of data from its various sensors, and will recharge in about an hour. In contrast, the Oura Ring can last for five to six days, although its sensors are not continuously in operation. It’s easy to integrate any device into a regular routine to ensure it stays fully charged: simply place the ring on the custom charging cradle before stepping into the shower or while getting ready for bed at night and you won’t have to worry twice.
The Happy Ring is now available for purchase via a waitlist, though it won’t start shipping until later this year. and we look forward to bringing you our detailed review.