Nod offers a new take on motion gesture tech by putting a ring on it

It seems like every few months we read about a new solution for controlling gadgets and computers via the movements of a person's hands or fingers. This week, a company called Nod announced the latest such product, also called Nod, that has a different take on the motion gesture technology movement.

The center of their idea is a ring-like gadget that is worn on a person's index finger. It connects to a supported device via Bluetooth and Nod claims that the ring can then control those products with just a wave of the finger. In the company's demo video it shows a user moving his finger with the Nod ring to control a Netflix app on a Android-based smart TV. It even shows the Nod being used in a quick game of Halo.

The Nod ring will come in 12 different sizes when it is released and the company says it supports Windows, OS X, Android, iOS and more. The company is currently taking pre-orders for the device for $149 and it's scheduled to start shipping sometime this fall. We should then see if Nod is a true competitor to Microsoft's Kinect or if it will fall short of expectations like the Leap device did in 2013.

Source: Nod | Image via Nod

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Why is Kane trying to get us to wear rings.

I like this motion technology, hopefully they learn from the mistakes of leap etc

"In brightest day
In blackest night
No evil shall escape my sight
Let whose who worship evil's might
Beware my power!
Green Lantern's light!"

If they did a special Green Lantern edition - green-colored with a power battery shaped charging dock, I'd totally buy it, just for the novelty.

Cause if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it
If you liked it then you should've put a ring on it
Wuh uh oh uh uh oh oh uh oh uh uh oh
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"You're only delaying the inevitable. I have the Tacitus. I am invincible. The Tacitus told me of Tiberium missiles, of invulnerable flying ships, of real-time genetic mutation. More than alien. More than human! The next step in our evolution as a species!" - Kane.

Sorry, I couldn't help it :p

Ok, back on topic now....

Enron said,
Rings might be a good idea for people who don't want watches. Microsoft could release the Bing Ring.

They'd probably call it OneRing.

_YOLO_ said,
Is there a silver version?

Not currently.


What colors are currently available?
Nod is currently offered in matte black.

In theory this is a great idea. It's not like you are going to easy leave it somewhere and it could become much more compact in future iterations. Hope it's waterproof!

Orange Battery said,
In theory this is a great idea. It's not like you are going to easy leave it somewhere and it could become much more compact in future iterations. Hope it's waterproof!

Yep, it is waterproof. From the official site :

Is Nod waterproof?
Yes, Nod fits into your everyday lifestyle so you can wash your hands, get sweaty, and otherwise get Nod wet. It's waterproof to 5 atmospheres or about 169 feet.