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Ring Controls Smart Devices From Your Finger

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Daniyal_Ali
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My Precious!
Daniyal_Ali   3/10/2014 11:19:44 AM
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This sounds awesome Liz. I have a great feeling that this device is going to be a huge success, as it makes life very easy for the users.
Frankly, i am quite fed-up with the keyboard, mouse and even touch screens. Being a guy, it sounds quite weird but i am desperately waiting for the Ring!
On a lighter note, this will give engagements a whole new meaning. :)

far911
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far911   3/10/2014 1:39:39 PM
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Ya true it seems like.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   3/11/2014 3:30:52 AM
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Thanks for your comments, Daniyal, I think it is a really interesting development as well, although i am not sure I would want to wear it all the time if it's too big and heavy. But I agree, there has to be a better way to interact with devices, and this sounds pretty good to me. But stay tuned for another story I have just written but which hasn't posted yet about technology like this for device control but that attaches to your device rather than your finger.

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a.saji   3/11/2014 4:21:39 AM
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@Elizabeth: Yes true size does play a major role even though its easy to use. User friendliness is something which has to be considered in a very major manner.   

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   3/11/2014 7:31:31 AM
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I agree, a.saji, especially when you are asking someone to wear something like jewelry as the main point of control for their smartphones and other devices. Comfort is as important to the design as the technology and the fact that the device works.

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Daniyal_Ali   3/11/2014 5:29:27 AM
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That's great Liz. I am excitedly waiting for that story. I presume it will be even better than the Ring, as people who don't want to wear the ring could also be aided.
But i think the Ring makes more equipment available to us, whereas the technology you are talking about will only be limited to the device it's attached with. Nonetheless we will talk about that when the details get posted.

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Elizabeth M   3/11/2014 7:36:27 AM
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Yes, they are different approaches, Daniyal_Ali, and I think they each have their benefits and their limitations. I suppose it will just depend which works better and what kind of user experience people prefer.

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Elizabeth M   3/12/2014 10:00:28 AM
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Hey, Daniyal, that other story came out, so now you can have a look at both technologies and see what you think: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=272046

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Debera Harward   3/11/2014 4:22:44 AM
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Thats really very great and interesting controlling the smart devices just by the finger . But i guess this ring will be used by the people who dont have extensive usage of these devices those who have extensive usage this ring cant replace the actual usage this is what i beleive maybe not .

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   3/11/2014 7:45:20 AM
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I am not sure what you mean, Debera. You think this will just be a limited-use control device rather than something people use all the time? I guess I can understand that, but depending on the ease and comfort with which Ring can be used, I think the idea is to use it all the time for control of multiple devices. But perhaps I am not understanding your point correctly, so do clarify if you can.

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Debera Harward   3/19/2014 2:11:09 PM
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Yes Elizebeth, maybe you are right it will totally depend upon the the comfort of the ring as well how easily  and in a user friendly manner it will carry the options .

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   3/20/2014 8:15:24 AM
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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.

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Battar   3/11/2014 10:54:44 AM
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Ugly little thing to wear on your finger all day. Why not stuff the electronics into a watch bracelet?

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An interesting engineering challenge, but how much actual value?
William K.   3/11/2014 5:46:26 PM
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Certainly cramming all of that functionality into a ring-thing is a large challenge and a good test of engineering skills. There is no question about that. BU will it improve the quality of life for anyone other than the shareholders? I really don't think so. It will be a neat new toy to enhance one's status among those to whom having the very latest toy is vital, but what real benefit will it provide? Not that much, I don't think.

And on a purely technical side, how will the ring fit different people? Will there be a lot of sizes, or will one size come with reducers for those with thinner fingers. A poorly fitted ring is either uncomfortable or in danger of being lost, and who would choose to risk losing such an expensive toy? So how about a bit more reality and rationality. And remember that Bilbo did not wear that ring very much.

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Elizabeth M   3/12/2014 4:31:32 AM
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To answer your second question first, William K, the ring will be custom sized to fit people, so they can order the size they want. And I completely understand your issues with whether this is actually something that will have enough value to people that they will want to wear it all the time. I guess the proof will come when it's actually available and people start trying it out. My guess, honestly, is that it won't really catch on, but you never know.

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William K.   3/12/2014 8:56:28 AM
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The one certain thing that I visualize is that all who wear this ring will need to be on their guard against the "Golum" types who are aware of the ring, it's powers, and it's value. And the ring won't be as easy to hide as a smartphone is.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   3/12/2014 9:59:16 AM
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That is a very good point, William K. It could be a target for theives. I also was thinking from a more personal perspective how personal jewelry can be. Maybe it's because I am a woman, and I like to wear rings for decoration, and I know that I like to have a certain type on my finger and also they must be comfortable. I don't know if men would mind so much in terms of style (maybe they would, though--I don't want to be sexist!), but I think personally I'm not sure I would want to wear a ring just for technology purposes.

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William K.   3/12/2014 10:49:28 AM
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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.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   3/13/2014 3:58:17 AM
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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.

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Debera Harward   3/19/2014 2:14:06 PM
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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.

William K.
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William K.   3/19/2014 11:36:00 PM
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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.

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Gorski   3/21/2014 2:37:41 PM
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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?

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Debera Harward   3/23/2014 4:36:29 AM
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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. 

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Elizabeth M   3/24/2014 4:50:35 AM
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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.

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