NBA and Las Vegas Sands trial Oura rings to provide early warning
The US National Basketball Association’s plan to restart its season includes isolating players and other personnel at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida with a plan for frequent testing, quarantine protocols, and bracelets that beep if people come within six feet for too long. In addition, the NBA proposed to give players the option of wearing Oura smart rings after a study showed the physiological data they collect could, in combination with information collected from other wearers via in-app surveys, give warning of potential infection up to three days before symptoms develop. The NBA has said team staff will only have access to player data from the ring if their “illness probability score” triggers a medical review. Las Vegas Sands, which owns the Venetian and Palazzo resorts, has also bought 1,000 Oura rings to issue to employees as part of a voluntary pilot. If it’s successful, Sands foresees issuing rings to all of its 9,300 employees to help determine who should be advised to quarantine and get a test.
Writer: Richard Lawler, Patrick McGee
Publication: Engadget; Financial Times
Publication date: 2020-06-16