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Oura Ring 3 brings even better sleep tracking, women's health features, and more

More great features in the same small space, now with a monthly fee.
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October 26, 2021
Hero image of the Oura Ring Generation 3 available in silver, gold, Stealth, and black.
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TL;DR
  • Oura has launched the Oura Ring Generation 3, on sale now starting at $299.
  • A new $5.99/month Oura Membership grants users access to the Oura app and is necessary for utilizing the Gen 3 ring.
  • The latest ring features upgraded activity tracking, improved sleep tracking, and period prediction.

The team behind the Oura Ring continues to focus on actionable wellness data with the launch of the Oura Ring Gen 3. The latest fitness wearable packs more memory, LEDs, and health sensors, but the biggest news is its brand new cost structure. For the first time, the Oura team has introduced a monthly membership fee.

What’s new in the Oura Ring Gen 3?

A macro image of the Oura Ring Generation 3 shows the devices new green LEDs.
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The updates of the latest generation include improvements centering around sleep, heart rate monitoring, and women’s health. New green LEDs now monitor heart rate around the clock, helping users identify their response to workouts, stress, and daily activity. The Gen 3 also provides real-time heart rate readings and Restorative Time readings to help users know when to take a break.

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On the women’s health front, the Oura Ring Generation 3 can predict periods up to 30 days in advance and alert users six days before their next period is anticipated to start. To do so, the device uses body temperature readings collected with new advanced sensors. These research-grade sensors may even be useful in determining oncoming illnesses. While not available at launch, the Oura Ring 3 will also provide improved sleep tracking, an impressive feat as the Oura 2 already had pretty good stats in this department. Starting sometime in 2022, the device will measure blood oxygen levels while users are sleeping and provide even more accurate data regarding the quality of users’ sleep.

According to Oura, the newest ring also features 32x the amount of memory as the previous generation. This increase allows for more advanced data collection and processing. However, even with the added sensors, users can still expect that same seven days of battery life.

The Oura Membership

More surprising than any of the ring’s new features is the new Oura Membership. New Oura users will need to purchase the Gen 3 ring for $300 as well as pay a $5.99 monthly subscription fee to view their data. This fee includes access to the Oura app, where users will find daily health insights, personalized recommendations, and a library of educational resources. Users can also only access their personal data and tracking through the app. Existing Oura users will receive a free lifetime Oura Membership. New users who choose to preorder the Generation 3 ring will receive six free months.

Returning features

An individual wearing a gold Oura Ring 3 picks a lime off a tree.
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The Oura Ring Generation 3 should look familiar. All of its upgrades are packed into the same design as the Gen 2. It’s still a lightweight, water-resistant titanium band, meant to blend into users’ daily life like a staple piece of jewelry. Like before, users can pick one up in silver, black, Stealth, or gold. Among the wellness features returning to the Generation 3 ring are the Readiness, Sleep, and Activity Scores. The new device also retains automatic activity detection and automatic nap detection and still counts steps and tracks heart rate variability. For sending out stats you are particularly proud of, the new Oura ring also retains social sharing features.