Wearable ring for gesture control

March 06, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
In the spirit of Lord of the Rings, could a ring, in this case a clever piece of technology, become a powerful tool for controlling everything.

Ring from Logbar Inc., CA is a wearable input device that lets the user perform a multitude of tasks such as gesture control of smart appliances and devices, send texts, pay bills and so on. The company is currently running a kickstarter campaign and to get the device mass produced, with shipping expected to start in 2014.

Ring uses a Bluetooth Low Energy signal to connect to smart devices. Basically Ring detects the movement of the finger that is inside and identifies the gesture being made. Gestures can be performed anytime and anywhere. A lot of the companies IP is in the development of this gesture recognition technology with a particular focus on the accuracy of recognition and power consumption.

The device provides four functions: a gesture control function to control home appliances and apps; texting where gesturing of letters in the air enables the user to write a text; payment information transmission to settle payment of bills with a single gesture; and a receive/alert function to detect incoming transmissions/alerts through built-in vibration and LED.

Each application has its own unique gesture mark and is activated when the user performs the designated action. Gestures can also be edited and customised via a smartphone or tablet.