Topeka Capital Markets’ report that, by now, we’d all be using finger rings to control our Apple televisions may have added up to precisely nothing (even being mocked by Tim Cook) — but one company is trying to make the so-called iRing a reality.
The company is called Logbar, and it’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund an “Ring: shortcut to everything.” When paired with your mobile device, this ring will let you use gestures to send texts, control your home appliances, and carry out a variety of other tasks.
A bit like a magic wand on your finger, the iRing hopes to corner the market in ultra-small finger gesture recognition technology. Provided you can remember them, each application can be activated using its unique gesture mark, so when you want to use — say — your camera, or else play a music track, you simply perform the designated action. These gestures can be edited at any time from your iOS device.
Utilizing the Ring Font letter recognition software, it should even be possible to type letters by spelling them out through gestures: transforming an otherwise dull text message into a full-on silent movie performance.
Most interesting, however, is the possibility of using the iRing for mobile payments. When used with GPS or iBeacon technology, the device will theoretically allow you to authorize payments by signing your name in mid-air — a bit like waving for the bill in a restaurant.
There are currently thirty days left of the campaign, with the campaign already having raised $473,074 pledged against a $250,000 goal. For those who want to consider getting involved, check out the below link: