Smartwatch too cumbersome for you? How about a smart ring?

Smartwatch too cumbersome for you? How about a smart ring?
MOTA is a California-based startup that specializes in high-tech gadgets, such as 3D printers, wearable smart devices, and portable battery solutions. The name comes up now, because the company is about to unveil a wearable that everybody has been brainstorming about, since the first smartwatch came out. Namely – MOTA is about to debut its smartring device at this year's IFA.

The device doesn't carry a fancy name. Subtly called SmartRing, it is a sleek band that comes in two colors – midnight black and pearl white. It totes a display on one side, which shows its images in cool cyan on a black background.

The ring will come with a companion app, compatible with Android and iOS. Once paired, it will be able to receive notifications for texts, emails, Facebook and Twitter events and messages. If one wishes to limit the amount of notifications that get fed to their smartring, the app has a VIP list to help filter out the less-important stuff. The company claims that, given the ring gets a favorable reception from the public, the number of supported social apps will grow to include Instagram, Uber, and LinkedIn.

The display fits a single notification icon, with a number for unread events. If the user desires, they can also read the messages, as the smartring's screen can hold the height of a single line of text – reading a whole message would mean that one would have to scroll word for word – probably not the most comfortable way to do it.

Renders of the device also show it displaying time and weather information. Unfortunately, the pre-order page is still not active and we have no leads on pricing. With only a couple of days to IFA's start, we should soon have info on the price tag, as well as some real-life shots to see whether the device looks as good as it does in the renders. Not to mention that we are very curious about its battery life.


source: MOTA via SlashGear

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12 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Meh... Not really interested. Now a simple NFC ring to unlock my phone or door locks would be cool.

7. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

there's plenty of those already in existence, or it's not hard to buy a tag and make your own.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hmm... cool, I did not know. I never really looked into it.

10. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Next is what? Smart condoms?

2. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

It'll be interesting if they really have a working prototype. Backers of the SmartyRing Indygogo campaign will not be pleased in that case. That product was initially targeted with an April 2014 release to backers and they are nowhere near a finished prototype, with the blanks they've been showing being quite large/thick for a ring. Hopefully MOTA has overcome the hurdles of packing all of the required components in something this thin. Also I hope they do tons of testing on the heat these components give off, and whatever battery is going in there. It's bad having a phone burn up in your pocket, I'd hate to see the same thing happen on someone's finger.

3. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

The time display on that ring is awesome! If it can be made of silver, why not?

4. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Black looks killer. If it can be submerged in water, I'm definitely buying.

5. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Too large; get it down to a more normal size, and it would be a viable option...

6. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I was waiting for something like this.. I am impressed.. Definitely a buy for me.. I wil use it on my thumb

8. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Get a couple of these and you can summon Captain Planet :p

9. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Nice !! It'll ring if your spouse is cheating on you !!!

12. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Shouldn't cost more than $50...

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