Ring is a Kickstarter project that allows you to control everything with the wave of a finger.

Wearable technology is a product segment that has exploded in popularity over the past year. But, what most enthusiasts are campaigning for are complementary devices that work with your existing technology, mainly mobile phones. While not all of these devices come to market, Pebble is one of the few success stories. What started as a humble Kickstarter project blossomed into a technological phenomenon gaining immense traction thanks to the community funded program. Pebble was a success because it was able to hit the sweet spot in terms of compatibility, functionality, price, and aesthetic appeal.  

Utilizing the same platform for funding, Takuro Yoshida is looking to find the same success with his creation, Ring. Ring is a "wearable input device" that will allow you to make gestures and control supported devices. The ring has a small button on the side that can be pressed. Pressing this button will enable Ring to start recording a gesture and will process the gesture into a command. Each supported device will have its own set of gestures, and new ones can also be created for custom applications and commands. Ring also has vibration capabilities and small LED's for alerts. 

Thanks to advancement in gesture recognition technology, Ring is able to precisely capture gestures like numbers and the alphabet making it possible to text. Ring is also pioneering Checkmark Payment which is a unique system that can conveniently allow payments via a secure gateway utilizing GPS or iBeacon. Ring will also have an open API that will allow developers to create custom applications. Ring is currently compatible with iOS and Android with support for Windows Phone coming soon. 

Although the project is funded, Ring still has 23 days left to complete its funding. At the time of press, Ring costs $165 (early birds price) and is expected to reach backers by July of 2014. 

Source: Kickstarter via Logbar | Image: Logbar / Kickstarter

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This wont work! The same argument we all have heard from the macboys that hate on touchscreens, is actually valid here as well.
"hold your arms in front of your body at shoulder height and see how quickly you get fatigued. we have track pads and mice for screens that stand upright. "
So according to them this is pointless. As we have lamp buttons and remote controls!

This concept has been posted a few times before....I know I posted it once and I think on or two others. Looks cool but not sure how well it will take off.

Lovely concept but I don't see any practical advantage to using it over existing products and solutions. I thought the Leap Motion was an awesome concept too but now that I have it I find I rarely use it.

Loving the technology involved here but i can't imagine ever doing that, and we know it's not going to be as fluid as it is in that video.

interesting would be great if they could pull it off however i get the feeling this will be more video than reality, i would love to be proved wrong though!

You know.. we already have devices we can wear on our heads that can read our thoughts well enough to control computers.. so wtf is up with this ring? Why don't we just cut to the chase and make a head mounted device that you "think" what you want to happen and it happens.


So yeah, go ahead and by your silly rings, or.. wait another 10 years and get a brain chip.

I don't really have that many things I need to control, especially that have Bluetooth built in. Separate store for ring apps? No.

Other than what BS it shows on the video, the only application I think I need it for is to have it function like a mouse.

It seems like a neat idea and all, but let's be honest here. You're going to get damn tired waving your finger around. Sure, one could argue that "oh it's not like you're using it all the time! just sometimes!" but then I would argue then there's no reason why any normal person would buy this unless it's less than $10.

I'm normally someone that promotes technological advancement, but I'm also practical. I don't see this being useful for the use cases shown in the kickstarter video. Perhaps in other industries like surgery or something, when you're trying to have a robot mimic the exact movements of your hands. But for everyday use? It's just a gimmick. It's overcomplicating straight forward tasks. I think it'll merely suffer from Occam's Razor.

Anyone who used it regularly would build strength and endurance... and it honestly doesn't look like THAT much more movement than using swipe or sign-language - and people do that constantly.

Typing 12 in the air is definitely gimmicky, but stuff like this could be the basis for many great ideas. Treat this like Kinect or Google Glass... put out an API and let others create great ideas with it.

I'll agree the price would probably need to drop to get mass appeal, but it won't be any worse than the over priced watches currently coming out.

So... this is the work of that 'oh look its (nothing like) steve jobs' video that appeared.... What a dissapointment.