Previously, we told you about the Ring Clock, which… well, the name really says it all. It’s a ring that has a clock on it, although really it’s three stainless steel rings working in concert to keep you informed of the time. And the construction is looking very, very tough. If you like small tools like this, you might want to read our Keyport Slide 2.0 review too. Or, learn to pick a lock in our Southord ST-23 lock pick kit review.
First, a quick overview of the device itself, just because it’s pretty cool. As you may have guessed, it’s got three bands that tell the time; hours, minutes, and seconds. As they pass, each band lights up with the appropriate numeral. As you might guess, that’s a bit of tricky engineering that impresses people, and it helps that it uses wireless charging to pack in those electrons and get everything in shape. But the question was, was this a toy or an actual tool? For another cool piece of tech, you might be interested in the Hay Fever hat (another bizarre Japenese gadget). And if you love animal attire and costumes, take a look at this interesting review on the ultra-realistic wolf costume, you gotta see it (video).
It wasn’t clear just how the Ring Clock was going to take day to day abuse. Sure, the concept was cool, and stainless steel is tough, but there’s also a lot of sensitive electronics involved. How tough was it?
Plenty, as this video shows us. First, they chuck it in a fish tank for thirty minutes, as it just keeps chugging away. Next, they show off the illumination after a good soaking, indicating just how tough it is. Basically it’ll stay on your finger and keep showing the time, no matter what. Speaking of time, you should also take a look at our review of the Timeflip2 Interactive Time Tracker (helps you manage time.)
If you want the time on you, don’t want to check your phone, and don’t want to buy a watch, well, your choices are limited. The Ring Clock adds a few, however, and it might be a good, stylish option for those of us who want a discrete, simple chronometer. That said, it’s not cheap; expect it to cost $250 before tax and shipping when it arrives in November. And if you love the combination of technology and privacy in your home, read our review of the SONTE Film Q&A: Everything you need to know about the film that turns glass into a shade.