July 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!

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