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AI– Embedded Wearable Rings Could Replace Smartwatches in Heart Monitoring

Considering the shrinking sizes of heart-monitoring devices, it won’t be a surprise if AI-powered wearable rings take over this critical medical sphere. Researchers based out of South Korea are already successfully testing cardiac monitoring abilities through AI-powered wearable smart rings. The ‘ring’ leverages Deep Learning and as such could very possibly replace the Smartwatch for atrial fibrillation monitoring in the near future.

As per Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions’ research –

  • The institute compared parallel electrocardiograms and Photoplethysmography (PPG) on 119 patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation
  • A neural network algorithm trained on PPG was applied to this data
  • The technology precisely detected atrial fibrillation to an accuracy of 99.3%
  • It also detected regular rhythm at an accuracy of 95.9%
  • These numbers went higher when low-quality samples were taken out
  • The average confidence levels were at 98.6% and 80.5% for true and false classification respectively

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“The diagnostic performance is comparable to medical-grade conventional pulse oximeters,” said Seoul National University Hospital assistant professor of cardiology Eue-Keun Choi, MD, Ph.D. “We would like to evaluate the deep learning algorithm with a newly developed ring device in daily activity. This will provide feasibility for AF screening in a high-risk population. Also, we hope that the ring device could be used for AF detection in a clinical trial due to its noninvasiveness.”

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Smartwatches have their own limitations of battery charging and as such putting heart-monitoring technology in an even-smaller device seems hard to achieve. But, by dropping components such as a screen, charger, etc. it is possible that the technology may easily fit into something as minute as a ring.

This was the key issue for early manufacturers. However, nowadays thanks to large computing available inexpensively with compact storage options, it is possible to fit technology in items that users wear on a daily basis, like rings. Already, a large volume of companies is patenting wearable technology of the likes of, audio, graphic, door control, etc.

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