One of the problems with smartphones is that, pure and simple, they love to notify you. About everything. About anything. Even when you trim notifications to the bare minimum, there’s still a constant stream of emails and the like. But instead of pulling your phone out, the Smarty Ring wants you to look at your finger.
Notifications On A Knuckle
If you’re familiar with other Bluetooth-enabled jewelry, you’re familiar with the basic principles. You pair your phone and your ring, and then go about your day. When you get a notification, you can quickly glance at your ring to see if it’s an email, a text, a call, or what have you.
Another useful feature is that the Smarty Ring will alert you when your phone suddenly leaves your person and zips away. That’s part and parcel of the overall connectivity, which includes controls on the bottom of the ring. These allow you to, say, skip a track while your phone is playing, or trigger the camera on your phone remotely.
And, needless to say, it shows you the time on your finger if you buy the version with a clock. Which can seem a little distracting, but hey, it’s convenient at least. Adding to the convenience is a wireless charger that will also get your smartphone nice and juiced up.
Getting The Finger
The only concern is that this thing is a little wide and thus a little indiscreet; it doesn’t seem likely you’ll be able to do much with it outside of casual social situations and possibly work. Still, it’ll be useful to have handy in situations where you don’t want to pull out your phone, whether out of politeness or discretion. That said, you’ll need to act fast if you want to save money: A full featured version starts at around $300.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.