Token's smart ring autofills your passwords, badges you into work, makes payments, unlocks your car, AND more










In a world filled with wearables of varied usefulness and quality, among the mediocre and the redundant sometimes floats a device that seems to actually make life easier for people of this age. One such device purported to do so is the Token Ring, a smart ring with a bevy of useful features – none of which pertaining to fitness. Instead, this ring focuses on being your universal security key for authentication of many kinds.



 



Token is a company headed by co-founders Melanie and Steve Shapiro, who also co-founded Digsby, a company that specialized in managing online social identities. Digsby was acquired by Tagged in 2011. Since then, Token was founded on the idea of ensuring internet users would never have to sacrifice convenience for security, or vice versa – enter the Token Ring.



 




The Ring, pictured above, is equipped with Bluetooth and NFC connectivity, as well as a fingerprint and optical sensor. Bluetooth is used to connect to the companion app (compatible with Android, iOS, Windows 10, and MacOS) which stores credit card information, passwords, transit cards, car keys, and even workplace access cards. Token will also be releasing a smartlock down the line, which would enable the Ring to grant you access to your house as well.



 



Password storing capabilities are designed to be seamless in their integration with your devices, requiring only two quick knocks on a hard surface to autofill your passwords. For mobile devices, presumably such features will be integrated into the companion app so that Android O’s improved autofill and iOS’s keychain can access this easily. For non-mobile devices, Token says their API (Application Programming Interface) will be supported by Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple’s Safari browser so that “your Token ring will be able to communicate directly with Gmail through Chrome with no apps involved for creating or using credentials.” In the case of logging into a Windows Laptop, the experience is engineered to be just as simple. By simply having your laptop connected to the Ring via Bluetooth and logging the password into the companion app, your PC can also be unlocked with two quick knocks – a feature on which Token worked directly with Microsoft.



 





 



When the Ring is taken off, the optical sensor sees this and authentication processes are deactivated. The Ring will resume its functions only after re-authenticating the user through its built-in fingerprint sensor and being put back on. As a standalone device, the Token Ring is EAL5+ certified – the same standard of security certification used by IBM’s mainframe computers.



 



Token also makes it easy for you to set up the Ring with your car. If you have a push-button start, simply send Token a key FOB and they will send back a Token Car Plug programmed for your vehicle. This plugs directly into your cars On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) console, enabling the same “knock-knock” authentication to open your car doors and start your car – presumably only requiring the initial knock for entry.



 



NFC connectivity allows the Ring to make payments at contactless terminals without the need for an account, as Android Pay and Apple Pay users are required to make. Simply add your credit card information in the Token Ring app, and mobile payments are as simple as a tap. Token has worked specifically with Visa and Mastercard to ensure the Ring is accepted as a secure form of payment.



 



The NFC chip also allows Token’s ring to replace transit cards for more than 50 NFC-enabled transit systems worldwide, with another 30 scheduled to go live in 2018, including New York City. Adding to this is support for HID SEOS, the technology used in most workplace badge readers. This means that soon you can get in your car, take public transportation, and badge into work all with one little ring.



 



“How soon?” one might ask. The Token Ring is available for pre-order now with shipments scheduled to start in December 2017. The Ring is waterproof up to 50 meters and claims a two-week battery life. Starting at $250 for sterling silver, the Ring comes in 14K rose gold and black rhodium for an extra $50. Bundles also exist for those looking to pick up the lock and car plug, totaling $400 for all three.


Make sure to check out Token's official launch video!





source: Token via Digital Trends



FEATURED VIDEO

8 Comments

1. bucknassty

Posts: 1318; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I would like this as a wedding ring, i'm a nerd and this provides function.

4. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

I was thinking the same thing lol.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I too am a nerd who has dreamt of something like this for a while now. I love the idea of a universal key that you can use to unlock your front door or start your car. I honestly see this being the direction we're heading in regards to smartphones. The ring idea is awesome, but I see this concept being widespread on smartphones first.

2. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

i can hear the news from here, they are all screaming "token ring hacked"

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1313; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

It's like putting all your eggs in 1 basket. They steal a hackable ring from you and use that to take your car and use it to empty your house.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's the price to pay for "seamless integration" and "convenience". Once the ring is hijacked from you, you loss just about everything you own - bank account, car, house belongings, etc. No, I'm not taking that chance.

8. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

One ring to rule them all

7. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

MS is working on something similar except the ring may be used to control all your windows 10 devices.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.