There’s a lot to say about wearable, communicational devices, also known as wearables. Some say the Apple Watch will be a revolutionary product, while others are afraid of its ability to store user’s health information. What if this information falls into the wrong hands? Nevertheless, no-one can deny it’s happening: thanks to the Apple Watch as well as Google Glass, all eyes are on the technique. We have also been writing about – 3D printing-related alternatives to – wearables, such as SmartRing, by MOTO. This is a ring which pushes notifications through a ring. New in the game is the Ö Bluetooth Ring by a company called Arduboy.
This company has had some experiences with tiny devices before. They recently launched a computer with the size of a creditcard, described by them as “the first full-featured computer that fits into a wallet”. Now, they 3D printed a ring, but it is not just a ring. Their ring goes under the name The Ö Bluetooth Ring. As the name reveals, this is a wearable device which uses bluetooth to receive and reply to notifications from a smartphone. In addition, it can also display a variety of animations such as a digital clock.
Arduboy 3D printed the entire body of the ring, except from the electronics. The device features an OLED screen and a battery which runs for four hours with the display being turned on, or for 24 hours in stand-by mode. The version you see in the image is still a prototype version, but the company aims to let the device be mass produced by big manufacturers. Whether the final version of the ring will be 3D printed or not is still unknown.
The idea behind wearables such as the earlier mentioned SmartRing is that it leaves people from having to check their mobile phones every second: one of most ridiculous characteristics of our days. But is that a realistic thought? Will we be checking our phones less and less if we divide the information between different devices? Or will we only become more attached to and guided by our electronic devices? As mentioned before, there’s a lot of discussion about wearables and obviously the discussion is not just about the health implications regarding user’s privacy. Anyone who has been the movie Her knows what we’re talking about. However, maybe it is because of this that wearables are such an interesting topic.
Image credits: Arduboy.