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Ring May Be the Next Hot Wearable Device

by Todd Haselton | March 4, 2014March 4, 2014 8:00 pm PDT

Last year Pebble’s smartwatch gained attention on Kickstarter and is now one of the hottest wearable devices on the market. So what’s the next one? If funding is any indication, it could be a new smart ring. The device recently crushed its $250,000 goal on Kickstarter, with more than $461,000 raised now, and promises to allow you to use gestures to control the world around you.

The idea is simple: place Ring on your index finger and then use gestures to interact with your smart watch, control the lights, issue commands to your smartphone and more. It supports an entire alphabet of commands, so you can draw letters in the air to text, for example, pay bills on your phone by drawing a check mark, and more. You can even receive alerts through Ring, thanks to a vibrating motor and LED indicator lights.

Original backers were able to reserve one for $145 , though that level of support is now sold out and you’ll need to pay at least $165 to back the project. There are going to be six different sizes available at launch, and you’ll have access to a store to install apps that support the new wearable and an SDK is on the way for even more apps. Also, it supports a range of platforms including iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The only issue, however, is that the FAQ says the battery is good enough for 1,000 gestures, which isn’t very long if you’re actually using the device to send text messages – each letter counts as a gesture.

Ring is expected to ship in June of this year, which means you won’t have long to wait if you decide to back it now. ┬áCheck out the video above for a demonstration of how it works.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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