December 12, 2013

Smarty Ring can tell the time, work as a remote control and even make phone calls

The Smarty Ring, pictured, connects to a smartphone using Bluetooth. It is 13mm wide, made of stainless steel and has an LED screen that shows the time, emails and other notifications
Smartwatches have barely been on sale for six months yet that hasn’t stopped engineers moving onto the next level of wearable high-tech devices - the smart ring.

Called Smarty Ring, the stainless steel gadget connects to smartphones via Bluetooth using a dedicated app.

Its LED screen lights up each time the wearer gets an email, text message, Facebook and Twitter notifications and phone calls, and the ring can also be used as a remote control.

Smarty Ring is the brainchild of Chennai-based engineer Ashok Kumar.

Kumar recently set up an Indiegogo campaign to raise $40,000 (£24,000) funding for the high-tech gadget and has already smashed this goal by achieving in excess of $300,000 (£182,000).

The ring is fitted with a Bluetooth 4.0 sensor that connects to any Android or iOS device through the dedicated Smarty Ring app.

The app lets uses change the Smarty Ring's profile, set time zones and adjust the clock and set up speed dials.

When there are no notifications to display, the ring shows the time.

When a call is received on the paired smartphone, wearers can choose to answer or reject the call using buttons on the side of the ring. Calls can also be placed using pre-programmed speed dials, although the calls themselves are made through the handset.

These buttons also double up as a remote control to play or stop music on the phone and open the smartphone’s camera.

Various icons light up to indicate when the wearer receives a text, email, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ message, Google Hangout alert and Skype call.

There is additionally a stopwatch, countdown timer and alarm built in.

As an extra feature, the ring will also sound an alarm if the phone is taken more than 30 feet away to alert to potential thefts.

However, the alarm will only sound if the owner is wearing the cyber jewellery.

Finally, the Smarty Ring is waterproof, according to the Indiegogo campaign: 'The exterior of the Smarty Ring is not only fashionable - but waterproof.

'Take a Smarty Ring anywhere, even where your phone can't go! This makes it  great companion for a business professional on vacation who needs lives updates even while swimming!'

According to the campaign, the ring will retail at $275 (£167) when it goes on sale from April next year.

While people who back the campaign can get a Smarty Ring for a discounted $175 (£106).

Elsewhere, Kumar claims the ring will have a flexible 22mAh battery that will last for 24 hours ‘guaranteed.’ This battery is then charged on a wireless charging pad.

The ring can be ordered to size, too, using a printout of a paper ruler supplied by the company.

In September, designer Gusztav Szikszai unveiled a similar device called the Ring Clock - a ring that tells users the time when they twist it on their finger.

Made of stainless steel, the timepiece was developed by the 26-year-old Hungarian as an alternative watch for people who do not like wearing anything around their wrists.

However, the Ring Clock does not have any smart features.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I appreciate that it is water proof so that ring owners "will" continue to wash their hands! and....the next two statements contradict - if the ring will sound an alarm if the phone is taken more than 30 feet away to alert to potential thefts. (away from what? the owners finger? because the next statement says (However, the alarm will only sound if the owner is wearing the cyber jewellery.)

How can this be?