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Nod gesture ring turns your finger into an input device, pre-order for $149

Nod is a Bluetooth-powered ring that brings gesture control and mouse-like input capabilities to your finger.
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April 29, 2014
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Earlier this year we took a look at Fin, an Indiegogo-backed gesture ring with big ambitions. Of course, that’s far from the only gesture-controlling wearable in the works, and one of these potential competitors is available for pre-order starting today.

Called the Nod, this upcoming wearable is very far along in the prototype stage and is expected to ship to all interested parties in the fall. As for the company behind the ring? Nod is a Mountain View start-up with talent from Apple, Samsung, Jawbone, Google and several other tech giants and has funding provided by Menlo Ventures, Sequoia Capital and a few other well-known backers.

Nod is a Mountain View startup with talent from Apple, Samsung, Jawbone and Google

The Nod utilizes Bluetooth LE, comes with a charging cradle that works as a ringer holder, has 12 different size options and offers all-day battery life. Where the Nod really sets itself apart, however, is its ability to utilize micro-gestures that allow it to recognize a variety of different motions including subtle brushes, swipes, rotation of your fingers and more. You also have the ability to use the Nod as a pointer device with control accuracy that seems to rival even a traditional mouse.

So what type of devices will the Nod work with? According to its developers, the Nod hooks into the standard touch interface APIs found on your typical mobile devices, allowing it to work with both Android and iOS. The developers are also working to bring the technology to other devices including products like Google Glass.

If the Nod sounds like something you’d be interested in, you can pre-order for $149. Just keep in mind that you’ll likely be waiting several months before its ready to ship. What do you think of the idea of the Nod, impressed or do you feel that such devices are largely impractical?