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Elizabeth M
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Re: An interesting engineering challenge, but how much actual value?
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.

William K.
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Re: An interesting engineering challenge, but how much actual value?
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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Re: An interesting engineering challenge, but how much actual value?
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.

William K.
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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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Re: My Precious!
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?

Elizabeth M
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Re: My Precious!
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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Re: My Precious!
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.

Elizabeth M
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Re: My Precious!
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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Re: My Precious!
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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Re: My Precious!
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 .

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