Logbar Ring review

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Imagine controlling your entire home with the flick of a finger, or sending money to a friend just by writing out the amount you want to send in the air. That’s the future Logbar is hoping to bring to reality with its gesture control ring.

Features

The Ring from Logbar, is designed to revolutionise how we interact with the world, offering masses of customisable gestures that can control everything from household appliances, to electronics in your car. Of course smartphone interaction is a big part of it too and due to the Ring having its own typeface, you can write texts in mid-air with your finger and it’ll translate that to a message, keeping your eyes on the road.

One of the big touted features however, is the ability to send money. Using a mixture of gesture control and biometric authentication, you can send money using the Logbar gestures. This is designed to revolutionise paying for items, services and anything else in between, by making it more secure and easier to do at the same time.

Logbar is also planning the release of several developer APIs, so that third parties can come up with novel way to use the Ring, potentially linking up with other wearable devices and if approved, will end up on the Ring app store.

Cost

The Logbar Ring was funded on Kickstarter earlier this year, with individual ones costing $185 (apart from the early bird specials). People should be getting their early release rings soon, though the final retail price will likely be around $200.

Drawbacks

Much of the Ring’s potential lies within its ability to interact with other devices. The problem there, is that those devices need to be compatible for it to work. So payment providers and retail outlets need to support it. Electronics makers need to have smart functions built in to capitalise on it and developers need to be there to help push new and innovative applications. If all of that comes together, the Logbar Ring could be great, but if not, it could turn out to be a complete dud.

Bottom Line

The Ring has a lot of potentially exciting applications, but it has the usual chicken and egg problem. Developers need a large install base to make apps and compatible products, and Ring needs those things in place in order to sell well. It will be interesting to see how this product does over its first year after release.

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