NFC-enabled ring is killing it on Kickstarter

by: Nate SwannerJuly 22, 2013

NFC Ring

Wearable technology is a hot topic lately, with smartwatches being primed for a more general audience, and Google Glass finding its way onto more eyes. Those are two topics that can be polarizing, but would a ring appeal to more consumers?

John McLear thinks so, and his Kickstarter campaign has already garnered over £23,000. Considering his goal is £30,000, and he has 27 days to go, we’re going to go ahead and call this one a winner. Utilizing NFC technology, the ring can be programmed at will and needs no dedicated source of power.

The concept is really unique, in that the ring has one side that is “public” and the other “private”. As you can see in the video below, the ring can be programmed to accomplish two varied sets of tasks. Perhaps the public is best suited for exchanging information, while the private is used to unlock your phone or other tasks you don’t want to do accidentally.

Of course, there are downsides as well. Rings must be sized properly, and may not be readily replaced, so depending on the technology is a tentative bargain. The project is well thought out, and the Kickstarter page has a myriad of topics to soothe the worried mind.

If you’re interested, get in quick. A few of their backer options are for a limited audience, and are disappearing fast!

  • QwietStorm

    This is actually wearable tech I find immediately useful, and something that definitely interests me. I’m gonna follow this.

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    Let’s make an android tie next! Think about it! The camera lens on the neck seems to blend easier, it could have a screen hanging that goes into camouflage when is not in use, therefore no one would assume you had it unless you were actually using it so no need to fear getting mugged. And the best part you look and feel like 007 not a turd.

  • Laborin_HK

    This is a really smart idea, I just never like wearing rings :(

  • If only I could stand wearing a ring… :(

  • ibar

    I wonder if he has taken the time to look at the 50 different patents that involve NFC rings? The whole concept was locked down by patent trolls 7 yrs ago…. the best use case for this is authentication to firearms. Only the owner of the gun can fire.. Just place the NFC ring against the grip of the gun and the lock de-activates. Again, patents – nasty things.

  • Matuka

    I love rings actually i want a ring and this is a cool ring also is a excuse for wearing a ring hehe

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  • Saywhaaat

    Great, whenever I heard NFC ring, I used to always think football. Now my world’s in a total state of disarray. Thanks..