One ring to rule them all
From smartwatches to fitness trackers, it seems like the latest, greatest thing is wearable technology. Wearable technology is continually evolving and adapting to the growing needs of an instant gratification user base. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this, it does make it a bit more difficult to determine what the next big thing in wearables will be. One company thinks they have the answer: a ring.
Talk to the hand, literally
OKTO has manufactured the first smart ring that allows you to make calls and speak directly through it. OKTO carefully crafted their design with a tiny speaker and microphone. Using it for calls is pretty unique: simply cup your hand over your ear and start talking, allowing you to leave your phone safely in your pocket.
If you have to leave your phone on silent during a meeting, OKTO will alert you to any incoming calls by gently vibrating. It will also alert you to any missed texts, emails, or social media notifications as well. This allows you to be fully present in your meetings and other events, but still have a reminder that you need to check your phone at a more appropriate time.
If you already have these capabilities via a smartwatch, OKTO can enhance its functionality. You can dial numbers on your smartwatch and speak through OKTO; no need to touch your phone to respond or make a call. OKTO, in essence, eliminates the need to hold your phone. It will give you four hours of talk time and recharges in approximately 30 minutes.
While I adore the idea of wearable technology, I’m not sure I’m ready to walk around with one hand over my ear to have a conversation. It seems easier to have a wireless Bluetooth headset, than to walk around with one hand in use. This same hand might as well be holding my phone.
I’m not sure I see the convenience of using this particular piece of technology, but then again, this is just my personal preference.
Also, I would want to know that the device is safe to wear for extended periods of time. Presumably, to be effective, you’re going to be wearing the OKTO ring for prolonged periods and I would want to ensure that all materials used are safe for extended wear. Assuming everything is safe, I think the idea of making wearable technology smaller and more user-friendly, is a trend that is likely to continue.
What do you think; would you give the OKTO ring a test run?