The smart ring maker Ultramaker has launched a new tracker which tracks the person’s home “health” and this device is named as Ultrahuman Home. TechCrunch reports that “Ultrahuman Home resembles a sleek (metallic) Wi-Fi router or Apple TV — basically it’s a low, squarish box — but functionality is quite different: Sensors in the device will allow the user to monitor levels of natural and artificial light, air pollution, noise, humidity and smoke in the room where it’s installed, according to the company, sending data, in the form of space “scores” and actionable insights, to a new “home” tab in the Ultrahuman app. Ultrahuman’s existing wearables are squarely targeted at the quantified self trend, linking sensing hardware to an app that crunches the user’s data to deliver personalized lifestyle advice — with the goal of helping users improve fitness and wellness”.
The report adds that Ultrahuman Home “is intended to supplement the ability of Ultrahuman’s smart ring to deliver personalized lifestyle nudges as it can factor in data on the indoor environment the user is exposed to too. But it can also work as a standalone in-home tracker to provide an assessment of the healthiness of a home environment — and offer advice on how to improve a sleep space”. Ultrahuman CEO and founder Mohit Kumar says “In the future, you will see us integrating with protocols like IFTTT to actually get into home automation”. “We’ll be able to do things like, for this individual, lowering the air conditioner by two degrees when they are in deep sleep mode. It is more beneficial because that helps them get into a slow wave or deep sleep zone. [Also for] personalised humidity levels in the room. The third is even lighting suggestions in the room.”
As with diet and activity level, environments where we spend a good deal of our time can influence our health for the better or worse — depending on what we’re being exposed to. Air pollution bad, natural light good type thing. So on that level it’s not too surprising to see a wearable maker taking an interest in what’s going on in the homes of its users. Ambient factors like temperature, humidity and air quality may be impacting things like the quality of sleep a person is getting or even productivity in a workplace.