As NBA continues to plan on the best way to restart without endangering the lives of players and other personnel isolated at Walt Disney World in Orlando, it has moved toward using a device that will track the coronavirus symptoms in players.
Shams Charania of The Athletic, gave a head-on on the specifics that were mapped out in an informational memo dubbed “Life inside the Bubble,” which detailed testing plans, quarantine protocols and a lot more.
Inside the Orlando bubble, NBA players will have the option of wearing a ring that could help with early detection of coronavirus; track temperature, respiratory and heart rate.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2020
What we found most interesting was the fact that players only lounges with NBA 2K and bracelets that beep if people are within sx feet of each other for too long, is its proposed use of Oura’s smart rings.
Study results that were released earlier this month from West Virginia University’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute shows that physiological data from the rings, combined in its digital platform with information obtained from wearers via in-app surveys, can “forecast and predict the onset of COVID-19 related symptoms” three days in advance, with 90 percent accuracy, now, that’s a good news.
Other interesting part of the titanium second-generation Oura rings are that they’re water resistant, weigh from four to six grams ‘depending on the size’ and can be used for up to seven days on a particular charge. But if drained, they can power up on their wireless inductive charging plate in about 80 minutes only, another excellent news.
The rings are similar to larger fitness trackers and smart watches with infrared LED sensors, three body temperature sensors, an accelerometer and a gyroscope. The beauty of their design is that they’re intended for wear 24/7, with up to six weeks of data stored on its memory that syncs to your iOS or Android phone via Bluetooth Low Energy.
The Athletic said players will not be forced to use the Oura ring, and nothing more was said about other device that could be used to track the virus symptoms. ESPN reporter Zach Lowe tweeted that if players wear the rings, team personnel will not have access unless it detects an “illness probability score” that prompts a medical review.
Although for now, the player’s union hasn’t announced it’s fully on board with the restart as yet but there seems to be plans to do so, and it’s possible that if you’re watching games played in mostly-empty arenas with video game crowd noise, most NBA players spectating will have some good looking jewelry on them.
Team staff will *not* have any access to player data from the wearable ring (should any player actually choose to wear it) aside from instances in which the “illness probability score” triggers a further medical review. https://t.co/q7nk1cBzIa
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 17, 2020