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Mumbai Indians introduce NBA-style smart ring to fight COVID-19

The ring is a personal health tracking device to be worn by every member of the team present in Abu Dhabi for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Defending champions Mumbai Indians have taken their COVID-19 precautionary protocols to the next level with the introduction of a special ‘smart ring’. The ring is a personal health tracking device to be worn by every member of the team present in Abu Dhabi for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

While the BCCI has already handed teams a bluetooth-enabled contact tracing device and asked them to fill in a daily fitness form through a Health App, the Mumbai Indians management has further strengthened their safety net with the introduction of the ring. It is done with an attempt to mitigate the silent spread of the virus by flagging potential onset symptoms.

Speaking to ANI, sources in the know threw light on the way the ring functions. “The ring picks up a person’s vital data — heart rate, heart rate variation, respiratory rate and body temperature among other details — and then flags any irregular trend in advance so that asymptomatic signals can be spotted at the earliest and dealt with. The ring monitors the person’s pulse, movements and temperature to present a complete picture so that helps in daily analysis. NBA (National Basketball Association) has made use of the similar ring health device,” the source said.

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