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Smarty Ring: Better Than A Smartwatch?
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Kristin Burnham
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12/12/2013 | 10:25:06 PM
Re: Too big
^That's a good point too. If it's not stylish -- for both sexes -- people just won't wear it.
ChrisMurphy
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12/11/2013 | 9:24:19 PM
Re: Is convenience worth the money?
Here's something that could interest me -- I hate pulling out my phone when traveling to check messages, just to make sure there's not a key message from a colleague I need to answer. Maybe this could alert me to just coworker messages. Moot point, because I'm too cheap to buy either a smart ring or smart watch, but still there's something in this level of minuterization I find more intriguing than a smartwatch. 
anon3913081483
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12/11/2013 | 6:42:54 PM
Too big
4mm is too thick for a ring to be worn comfortably all day every day. This will flop unless the thickness gets down below 3mm, closer to 2 for good reviews. I wish them luck though, because it would be a really cool device.
WKash
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12/11/2013 | 5:17:46 PM
Re: Ring around the problem?
I once thought my Bluetooth device for connecting my phone to car's radio system, was this great idea: convenient, hands free technology that extended the reach and capability of my phone.  Well, the reality is, I don't bother to use it much anymore. It's just easier to pick up my phone.  Wonder why a ring would make life easier. 
Thomas Claburn
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12/11/2013 | 4:33:22 PM
Re: Ring around the problem?
Here's a good test of the utility, or lack thereof, of a wearable device. Substitute the words "smart human" for the object in question...

"The [smart human] can also be used to control a number of smartphone functions, using built-in buttons that let it interact with the notifications and perform set actions. For example, [the smart human] can accept or reject incoming calls, make outgoing calls to preset numbers, trigger the camera, control music playback, and change the user's profile."

If that seems perfectly reasonable, you're probably better off handling that task with your smart brain.
Laurianne
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12/11/2013 | 3:15:47 PM
Ring around the problem?
This seems like a solution in search of a problem. Why is a ring harder to lose than a phone? People take off rings and leave them on sinks all the time. They fly off at the beach, etc.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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12/11/2013 | 1:57:25 PM
Is convenience worth the money?
I get that wearable tech is hot right now, but I'm still not convinced many of these products will appeal to the masses (this one included). Pulling out my phone from my pocket or purse doesn't require that much effort, so I can't imagine investing in a ring (that I'd probably lose) to do much of the same thing.


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