Apple Ring: Cupertino sees smart ring in its future

“Apple could hit the world of wearable devices with a smart ring, at least if a recently-published patent application ever rings true with an actual product,” Lance Whitney writes for CNET. “A patent filing called “Devices and Methods for a Ring Computing Device” published on Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office imagines a wearable device that you’d wear on your finger instead of your wrist. ”

“Apple’s invention of a smart ring would include features already part of the Apple Watch,” Whitney writes. “The ring would offer a small display, a built-in microphone and camera, motion sensors and haptic feedback to provide vibrations and other sensations in response to certain tasks. You would communicate with the ring using taps and touch gestures as well as speech input. A biometric sensor could even detect how you hold or position your hand. For example, extending or curling up your ring finger could trigger a certain command, while making a fist with your hand would trigger a different command.”

MacDailyNews Note: Apple Watch does not contain a camera.

“Apple’s smart ring could control other devices such as a smart TV, a set-top box such as an Apple TV, a computer, tablet, smart home appliance and even the audio or entertainment system in your car,” Whitney writes. “One intriguing concept involves two people, both of whom are wearing the smart ring. By shaking hands, the two could exchange messages, information and even money with each other.”

Illustration from Apple patent application (Source: USPTO)
Illustration from Apple patent application (Source: USPTO)

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MacDailyNews Take: One of the most sublime experiences that Apple Watch offers is a seemingly simple one: controlling your Apple TV via the Remote app. It’s intuitive, accurate and easy. If Apple can deliver similar experiences with an “Apple Ring,” we’ll be first in line.

Apple invents ring computing device with voice control, haptics, cameras and more – October 1, 2015
Apple patent application reveals sensor-laden ‘Apple Ring’ – October 1, 2015
Apple’s entry into wearable computing: iRing, not iWatch? – March 20, 2014
Without Apple to lead the way, current crop of clumsy wearable gadgets not ready for prime time – January 10, 2014
Analyst: Apple to release full-blown, ‘iRing’-controlled, carrier-subsidized ‘iTV’ television this holiday season – June 5, 2013
Analyst: Apple ‘iTV’ with ‘mini iTV’ and ‘iRing’ motion controller to launch this year – April 3, 2013


    1. …And in the digital age bind them?

      Who is Lord Sauron?

      Will the rings be forged in the vats of Silicon Valley?

      How many rings will be given to the tech lords?

      Enquiring minds want to know!

  1. Honestly, I would guess this would be an input device for the VR headset that Apple also has patented. The location of the placement on the finger is not one that would be used for all-day use. It’s more for specific activities. I’m guessing it’s a lot like Oculus Touch, but more Apple-like.

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