RING PUTS FIN­GER ON THE PULSE

Herald Sun - Switched On - - GADGETS -

MY mid­dle fin­ger twitches ev­ery time a tweet ar­rives.

It’s not an an­gry re­ac­tion to so­cial me­dia, but the work of the world’s first smart ring.

The Ringly cock­tail ring trans­fers wear­able tech­nol­ogy from the wrist to the fin­ger, keep­ing your dig­its con­nected to the up­dates from your phone.

Be­hind a gen­uine gem­stone lies a com­puter and bat­tery. The ring charges in­side the ring­box in which it ar­rives — a handy case with a two small metal con­nec­tors and Mi­cro USB power con­nec­tion out the back.

Charge this smart ring and you can connect it to a re­cent Ap­ple or Google-based smart­phone via Blue­tooth.

No­ti­fi­ca­tions can be man­aged in­side the Ringly app, with an LED light on the side of the ring able to flash five dif­fer­ent colours in four pat­terns to alert you to up­dates.

With no dis­play, you can­not tell who is be­hind the up­date, but users can add pri­or­ity con­tacts in the app to de­liver cus­tomised no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

Its abil­ity to work with iPhones and An­droids alike is worth praise, but users will have to charge the bat­tery nightly, and must choose a size care­fully as the Ringly can­not be re­sized.

It is wa­ter-re­sis­tant and comes in a va­ri­ety of stones.

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