Lord of the Rings jokes almost feel too easy, but when this smart ring hits the market it might just be the next precious for geeks and sloths everywhere. Forget all that tedious typing and clicking: Nod allows you to control your electronic devices with nothing but a wave of your hand. That’s right folks, the future has arrived and it is wild.
The device utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 technology to help you reach the absolute height of laziness by managing your phones and computers with a hand gesture or point of your index finger from up to a 30 foot range. For those concerned about learning complicated gestures, don’t be. Nod’s website claims that the ring recognizes “the simple movements you make that convey intent”, like twisting an imaginary dial or pointing at whatever you want to turn on (which I imagine could lead to unintentionally powering up devices all day long). The ring needs to fit well, so there are over a dozen sizes to choose from.
Nod has a 23-mAh battery that will need to be recharged once a day using a box charger that can plug into the wall or a computer. The ring will be steel inside with a coating of plastic, and is very durable, which is handy for someone like me who breaks every technological device I get my hands on. It is water proof up to a 169 foot depth, so you can even take it when you go scuba diving.
Nod’s claim that is will control ALL of your devices seems pretty accurate, as the versatile ring will work with basically everything, including Mac and Windows computers, Android phones and tablets, iPhones and iPads, Roku boxes, Nest thermostats, GoPro cameras, newer LG TVs, and even Google Glass. The creators claim that it is reliable and accurate enough to use for mobile and console gaming, and you can even wear two nods to help you movie around and shoot easier.
The wait for Nod won’t be too long, as it comes out this fall and is already available for pre-order. The most surprising thing is that it will only cost $149, which is a pretty good price considering all the things it claims to do. We’ll have to wait until it comes out to see whether it’s the future of technology or too good to be true. The one ring could either be the next best thing or join the ranks of gadgets you discover years later in the junk drawer.