NBA players could use smart ring to predict Covid-19 symptoms

Friday, June 19, 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Measures set to be taken by the NBA to finish its season at the Disney campus in Orlando have been revealed and could include players offered smart rings to predict if they have developed COVID-19 symptoms.

The rings, developed by Finnish company Oura, were not intended as a coronavirus tracking device when created, but measure the user’s body temperature as well as their heart and respiration rates through an inbuilt pulse oximeter.

A study from the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at West Virginia University has shown that the device can predict whether the user will develop symptoms in the next three days with up to 90% accuracy.

Players will also be given a Disney MagicBand to act as a hotel room key, and a pass for security checkpoints and coronavirus screenings. 

The device is similar to the ones used by Disney World guests for hotel access as well as for food and drink payments on campus.

According to CNBC, the league is investigating a way to use the bands as contact tracing devices, signalling if a player has come into contact with diagnosed case of COVID-19.

The use of the rings will still need to be approved by the NBA Players Association