The Ring, currently the subject of a Kickstarter project, is designed to be the future of input for myriad devices. The metal ring, which the user wears on a finger, has sensors and electronics built in. It connects through finger and hand gestures and Bluetooth to smart devices, allowing people to communicate with them and perform all their usual functions without a keyboard, input screen, or mouse. (Source: Logbar Inc.)
Those are good questions, Gorski. I think people are instructed how to make the gestures, and they are meant to be fairly simple and user-friendly. As for unintentional gestures, I am not sure, but I imagine the developers would ensure that the device can recognize that these are not "real" gestures and perhaps alert the user or just ignore them.
Gorski, I guess gestures and hand movement will be predefined and the user has to be carefull while using the device or according to me the defined gestures and hand movements should be sensed by the ring and rest should not at all be sensed then it will make the user comfortable as well.
The ring control sounds like it could be a handy gadget. I wondeer if the gestures and hand movements must be of a prescribed type? Will users have to be trained in how to make gestures? What happens when you unintentionally make a gessture and cause something to happen that you did not plan for?
Yes, Debera, I think comfort is key here. Think about our devices and how important it is for them to be user friendly. And think of the jewelry we wear. If it's uncomfortable, we likely won't wear it. I think this has to be a combination of both.
D.H. I am imagining that "custom" will be limited to size of the ring opening. With the claimed functionality much of it would need to be the same. And you just KNOW that the maker is going to want brand visibility.
William like you said that ring will not be as easy to hide as the smartphone ,according to me if the design of the ring is customized and it is not just the same for every ring then definitely it will not be that easy for everyone to identify the purpose of the ring.
You're probably right, William K. If this Ring ever becomes an item that points to fashion or status, like an iPhone, it will most likely become quite popular with a certain group of people. I am curious as well to see how this pans out.
There is a whole class of individuals who value style and staus far above anything else, and I am certain that they would all buy therings and wear them despite any discomfort. Those guys are the ones who follow mens fashion magazines so very closely that they are not pleasant to be around, at least that is how I percieve them. But they also have a right to dress in whatever way they can afford, so they are not my problem.
It will indeed be interesting to see if this product ever has any kind of success.
The fun factor continues to draw developers to Linux. This open-source system continues to succeed in the market and in the hearts and minds of developers. Design News will delve into this territory with next week's Continuing Education Class titled, “Introduction to Linux Device Drivers.”
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.