Apple recently announced their patent application for an interactive smart ring that would work together with larger devices such as phones and tablets. The company described a ring with a touchscreen or touchpad, a microphone for voice commands, and possibly the ability to track the motion of your hand in order to determine what you are writing.
Though Apple has indicated interest in a smart ring, they also noted that the ring “might be cumbersome, inconvenient, or inefficient for certain tasks and applications.” However, some noted benefits to the smart ring were also listed. “The light emitted by a touchscreen may be inappropriate in certain social environments or even dangerous if it gives away the position of a threatened user,” the smart ring application noted. “A need therefore exists for a more discreet, safer, more efficient, or more ergonomic way to interact with touch pads or touch screens.” Though Apple is not guaranteed to produce this smart ring now that they have applied for a patent for it, this does indicate that the company is thinking about smaller, more ergonomic devices such as the smart ring that can aid with day-to-day smart-device interactions.
Contributor: Katie Campbell