‘Ring’ is designed to be worn on the index finger, with motion sensors within the Ring it can identify gestures being made by the finger. The wearer can make motions to control paired devices; even writing letters in the air to compose text messages. Using GPS and Apple’s iBeacon technology, the Ring can also be used to make payments in shops and restaurants with a tick gesture.
Ring is linked with an app which has pre-installed gestures in its memory, there is also the option for the wearer to customise gestures; training the ring to recognise a user’s own air handwriting. ‘Ring’ has similar characteristics as to the iPhone application created by OneLlama which we have previously looked at this month; it is becoming common to find applications that allow the user to adjust the system, tailoring it for themselves.
Additionally the wearer can be notified by the Ring via LEDs or a vibration pad embedded in the device. This is the option that interests me the most. It has not be clear as to what it notifies the wearer of…. but it would be great if the ring would alert the wearer of incoming calls or texts or any other activity happening on the phone. This particular service would be beneficial for deaf and hard of hearing, allowing for additional vibrations closer to the body to alert the wearer.
As of yet the ring device is not waterproof but there are potential developments on making a waterproof model. It is rechargeable, by placing the ring on the designed ring holder;
Its creators say Ring has been tested with iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, Google Glass, smart watches, home automation devices, and web services including Twitter, Facebook and Evernote. The company says smart devices can also serve as a hub to allow the ring to control devices that rely on Wi-Fi rather than Bluetooth connectivity.
Currently ‘Ring’ is on Kickstarter, raising funds to get Ring into production with the hope being to begin shipping the device from July this year. The initial batch will only come in silver, but different sizes will be available. The US$145 pledge level to reserve a Ring has already been filled, leaving $165 as the cheapest tier to stake a claim for the device.
What are your thoughts on wearing jewellery linked to technology?
Have a look on Kickstarter to watch the promotional video for ‘Ring’ or to show your support.