Smarty Ring brings smartphone control to your finger
11th Dec 2013 | 20:30
Electronic rings seem like a keeper
Although consumers won't quite be able to channel their inner Green Lantern and speak to their ring fingers, the Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo, claims it will bring smartphone connected wearable devices to the jewelry world.
The 13mm-wide stainless steel ring features a built-in, curved LED screen that displays the typical notifications users are used to seeing in their smartphones. The screen lights-up with icons for incoming caller IDs, text messages, along with updates from social networks.
The ring's screen is flanked by two physical buttons, which control apps including the smartphone camera. Another neat feature on the phone is an anti-theft warning that goes off when the ring and phone stray more than 30 feet away from each other.
The one ring to rule all devices
Supposedly the ring can do this all through a Bluetooth LE connection and supports both Android and iOS as long as the device has Bluetooth 4.0. In another lofty promise, the creators say the device has a 24-hour battery life coming from a 22-mAh battery, which happens to charge through a wireless induction pad.
For some perspective this battery has more than 10-times less energy storage capacity than the 315-mAh equipped Samsung Galaxy Gear that promises 25 hours of operational time. That said, in our review we found the Korean smartwatch actually lasted for even more time than Samsung originally let on. The same thing could happen with the Smarty Ring, but we won't know until we really get our hands – err fingers on it.
Much like the Pebble Smartwatch, the Smarty Ring has blown past it's initial $40,000 (about £24,395/AUS $44,125) goal by more than five times. As of this writing, the project has a little less than 12 hours to go and is currently sitting at $223,436 (about £136,270/AUS $246,482) in funding totals.
Those that want to get their fingers wrapped around this fully featured smartring can do so by preordering one on Indiegogo for $175 (about £106/AUS $193) with free international shipping. There are also a number of stripped down versions that only feature a watch and other bits like the phone tracker. The creators estimate the Smarty Ring will begin arriving to backers around the world by April 2014.