The latest gadget everyone is talking about sounds like something from a certain famous book: “one ring to rule them all.” It is, of course, the Nod ring; a Bluetooth enabled, gesture controlled device which can be used to connect to your smartphone and other devices. Users can use the Nod ring to complete tasks with just a wiggle of a digit. Come to think of it, maybe it’s actually more like another well-known story; ‘The Magic Finger’ by Roald Dahl.
“We came together with the idea of trying to solve something that we think could possibly be the next computing revolution around input,” says Anush Elangovan, CEO of Nod Labs. “We took a step back and looked at how we’ve progressed from plug panels and dip switches to the mouse in the PC era, and then touch in the mobile era, and we were like ‘what’s next?’ Speech has always been one part of it, but speech doesn’t work in a crowded room for example, so the next obvious one is gestures.”
The Nod ring features a number of highly sensitive sensors, designed to pick up on subtle “micro-gestures”, and according to TechCrunch, can “support two finger gestures and subtle brushes, swipes and rotations of a user’s digits.” You can even use the Nod ring to control things which don’t have Bluetooth, says Adario Strange at Mashable: “If a device doesn’t have Bluetooth capability, you can connect the ring to your smartphone, which will then connect to the device via Wi-Fi.”
Nod Labs intend to offer a “discovery portal” which will help users find software that can be used in conjunction with the ring. Ultimately, “the company envisions being able to wear it all day and use it to interact with various devices… Navigate your Google Glass, for instance, control your smartphone, and interact with your smart home connected devices and TV.”
As interest in the ‘internet of things’ continues to grow, the Nod ring has quite the head start on other touchless wearables, with venture capital already secured and advanced working prototypes already produced. It might not be long before we’re all wiggling our index fingers to make a call, switch on our TV, or play our favourite song – but that doesn’t mean we won’t look a bit silly doing it.