One thing about tech that isn’t sexy or fashionable is security. It’s the hum drum word of the IT industry and people love to ignore it, because it’s simply boring. However the NFC Ring is hoping to change that, by letting you unlock everything from your smartphone to your front door, with a simple, understated ring.
The NFC Ring, as the name suggests, has two NFC tags built into it and can unlock anything with similar technology. One of its tags is designed with public information in mind, whilst the other can be loaded with things like passwords or pin-codes, or potentially even more personal information. It’s not even that far in the future when these sorts of things will be usable either, as all you need is an NFC enabled door lock and you’re away. Granted those tend to be found more on corporate buildings, but if you want to be at the forefront of geek chic and functionality, there are some prices that must be paid.
You can also use the NFC Ring for sharing information with others, including links to websites, WiFi passwords, contact information or whatever you want, simply by running your hand over the back of an NFC enabled smartphone. Similarly you can control your own phone in the same way, unlocking it at your touch.
You can even use it to start apps with custom parameters, letting the ring customise your usage experience and it’s water resistant to 50 metres, though not for periods of prolonged exposure.
And the best part? It doesn’t require charging, ever.
While the NFC Ring is only available for a pre-order at the moment (release date is set for May this year), the rings are £30 a piece, which doesn’t seem too bad considering some of the other wearable accessories we’ve looked at recently.
Until we get out hands on the NFC Ring, it’s hard to predict what sort of drawbacks it might have. There’s the potential slippery slope argument where because security is going to be based around the ring, we could see increase jewellery thefts and theoretically it makes it more likely that if you were to be robbed, you would be involved somehow since you are a required element to open your front door. However for the most part it seems like it would increase overall security, even if it did reduce it for you personally.
Did you see how much we were fishing for drawbacks there? The only real one is that this thing isn’t available now. I’m not sure I could get away with the fashion side of wearing a big ring, but I want to give it a try. The fact that it never needs charging and can perform some basic functions for you AND it’s only £30, that makes it something worth checking out.