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Logbar's Ring wearable jewel could be the one to rule them all

Ring, a Kickstarter project from Japan's Logbar Inc, is the kind of wearable that looks incredible in concept, but very difficult to pull-off in reality. However, its maker insists that the technology has been researched to the fullest, and its sophisticated gesture recognition is, indeed, possible.

What are we talking about? Ring is a silver Bluetooth ring that enables gesture control, texting, payments, alerts, and other staples of mobile technology (including other wearables) with a flick of your finger. The ring is worn on your index, and after tapping its touch sensor with your thumb, you execute a specific gesture - predefined by you through an app. Then you hold your finger to end the gesture.

Ring features "precise letter recognition software", called Ring Font, for texting by drawing letters in thin air. The same works for numbers, too, which allows for making payments by "tracing" a number or a check-mark with your finger. A set of LED lights and a vibration motor provide notifications. There will be an app store for the Ring, similar to that of Pebble. Also, devices that can't run the Ring app will pair with it through a hub connection via compatible devices. They are Apple devices running iOS 7 or higher, Android 4.4 or higher devices, and Windows Phone handsets.

Ring's battery is embedded within the device and cannot be removed. A single charge through micro-USB will last for approximately 1000 gestures, and the battery will stand around 1000 charges. Since it's non-removable, you will have to get a new ring after the battery writhes away. Sadly, the device isn't waterproof.

Logbar says that Ring is production-ready and will start shipping from July 2014 in the US, Europe, Japan, and China. It reached and surpassed its Kickstarter goal in barely a week, which means the company is already free to proceed with manufacturing. Ring will cost about $185 when it hits retail. It's a beautiful wearable that can go a long way if it works as advertised.

source: Ring Kickstarter page via Mashable

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posted on 04 Mar 2014, 04:02 2

1. UglyFrank (Posts: 1939; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

Real beautiful product

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 05:00 2

2. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Can I summon Captain Planet on this ring?

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 05:08 1

4. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)

yes........The Power Is Yours........

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 05:02 5

3. Gadgety (Posts: 172; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

"Sadly, the device isn't waterproof." Hygiene will go down the drain with users of this ring. Please wear it on your left hand. Every time the user washes their hands they have to remove the ring and find a dry place for it. They have to make it waterproof, or it'll be dead in the water.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 12:11

7. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

You're incorrect. All that matters is if it is accurate and since this will be version 1,0, you can be confident it won't be. If you have to try 3 times just to input the letter B, then it won't be very popular.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 05:30

5. Nabil2511 (Posts: 152; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)

I've been waiting for a ring technology for quite some time now.. Blackberry had a ring technology concept before, but never came to reality sadly..

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 07:48

6. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

As they say, if it works it will be one of the best innovations of this year.
But they need to make it waterproof as that's a deal breaker.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 09:05

8. brazzerie (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)

Methinks audible sign language one day for my autistic daughter (each gesture for a sign triggering audio recording of the associated word)?

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