The Symptom Radar feature of Oura recognizes early health changes

Oura Labs: Revolutionizing Health and Wellness through Experimental Features on Demand

Starting today, Oura users will have access to a new experimental feature called Oura Labs, which allows them to opt in and try out new features. The first feature available is Symptom Radar, which detects early signs of physiological strain by monitoring biometric trends such as temperature, respiratory rate, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability. When an alert is triggered, users can choose to enable Rest Mode or lower their daily activity goal to prioritize rest. While illness could trigger an alert, other factors such as intense workouts or lack of sleep could also be the cause.

The Oura Ring is careful in how it presents Symptom Radar, making it clear that it is not a diagnostic feature but rather a tool to help users understand their body’s signals. This distinction allows the feature to fall under wellness and general education, avoiding the need for FDA clearance. However, the possibility of illness detection in the future is not entirely ruled out as shown in a study released by Oura last year that linked covid-19 symptoms to long-term impacts on biometrics.

The features within Oura Labs are subject to change based on user feedback and data analysis. Similar to Fitbit’s Fitbit Labs, Oura Labs provides a platform for experimentation and innovation, giving users a chance to try out new features and provide feedback for potential integration into the main app. This continuous learning process aims to improve the overall user experience and functionality of the Oura Ring.

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