Samsung files patent application for a smart ring that could control your phone, T.V. and appliances

Samsung files patent application for a smart ring that could control your phone, T.V. and appliances
Earlier this year (it was New Year's Day to be precise) we told you about the Ö smart ring. That followed a successful Indiegogo campaign for the Mota smart ring, which is up for pre-orders on Mota's website (mota.com). This morning, the USPTO released a patent application from Samsung for a smart ring that would be used to control your smartphone, your television and other connected electronics.

The filing uses an illustration to show how the presence of the ring would open a special menu on a smartphone, which would allow you to turn on and adjust your television, audio system, blinds, and any connected appliances. Samsung also noted in the filing that the ring would connect to social media sites like Facebook to open up a whole new set of functions for the device.

The patent was filed by Samsung back in June, and there is no guarantee that the smart ring listed in the patent application will ever see the light of day. Still, a number of tech giants including Apple, Google and Microsoft are working on similar intelligent devices that someday might adorn your finger.

Samsung files patent application for a smart ring which could control connected appliances through your phone

Samsung files patent application for a smart ring which could control connected appliances through your phone


source: PatentlyMobile via AndroidAuthority

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19 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What!!! no necklace, earring, or ankle bracelet, come on sammy you're slipping lol.

18. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

I'm afraid they are really working on them ..

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Ir blaster embedded in our phones is all we need.

4. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah.. You people said the same thing when smartwatches debuted: "A phone is all we need." Why not just appreciate a new stuff for the advancement of technology? SMH

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I like smartwatches and I never said that when they debuted so i'm not part of "you people" as you stated. as for this ring why not just bake its features into their phones, all it does is control stuff i'm sure the sensors it has could be put in a phone. Instead of doing that most companies would rather create something totally new that they can stick a high price on, than simply adding its features to an existing device(smartphone) and upping the price a little. and what if i want the features this ring has but since i don't wear rings, i'm s**t out of luck and that's messed up.

16. TheYellowFlash

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Hey what happen to your "title-style-typo?" gotten lazy to press shift key huh

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nothing Happened To It, I Just Didn't WithThe 2 Short Post And I Said A While Back That I Would Type Long Post Normal So People Can Read Them Easy.

3. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

This patent nonsense needs to stop. At least some sort of basic working prototype should be needed for filing or granting a patent. This patent system just hinders innovation, because it stops people from developing, as they know they will have to pay royalties to the person or company who patented a drawing. Nothing against Samsung or any company, they're just doing what the system allows them to do.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? So who else is making a "smart-ring"?

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

8. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The patent system is a lot of things, with "broken" being one of them, but the one thing it is NOT is a hindrance to innovation. It forces companies to find another way to solve a problem, which drives innovation. Most companies will follow the path of least resistance, if given the opportunity, which leads to blatant copying and the stagnation of innovation.

9. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah, patents are meant t force

10. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It is a hindrance to innovation when companies are allowed to apply for patents that are simply overbroad concepts (ie the Apple slide to unlock, which was worded to cover any screen gesture combined with any animation) and wield those patents as weapons. The more recent Apple application for in display fingerprint readers is another example of a broad concept designed to stifle others.

11. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

The advantage of patents is that it forces a company to find another way to solve a problem, but on the disadvantage is that companies can also use those patents to stifle the competition, because they patent a tech they're NOT working on and which they cannot bring reality! So if another company makes that tech real, the company who patented the tech will begin to sue the company who brought the tech to reality! So that stops companies from bringing attempting to bring those patents to real-world tech! Hence, patents pose as an enhancement to innovation , but also as a hindrance to innovavation! If patents were not a hindrance to innovation, then why do companies like Tesla and Google give their patents away to the competition for free? Because patents actually do more harm than good!

12. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... Well, I don't wear ring. I can't have this even if its for free. That's why I can't even wear a smart watch nor smart band. But Samsung is on point with this...

13. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

I will inform Lord Sauron..

14. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

I will inform Lord Sauron..

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

one ring to rule them all.... oh wait, its just ring on smartphone screen? :-/

17. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

I dont know. But Sauron will not be pleased his cutting edge technology copied by Samsung.

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