Near-field Communication(NFC) technology has been around with us for quite a while now. Even the old Nexus S had it, but we’re yet to see any practical applications making any real use of this acclaimed technology. Devices these days include NFC tags that allow them to communicate with other NFC-enabled devices but, surely, this technology must have greater uses. That’s where the new NFC Ring comes in. It’s a no hassle solution to easily sharing your info, automating tasks on your smartphone and much more.
The NFC Ring has a steel construction with an NTAG203 chip sealed into the ring. The ring has 2 inlays – an outer inlay and an inner inlay. The surface of the inlays can be covered in decorative material so this NFC Ring can be potentially used as jewelry (just don’t give this as a wedding ring). The NFC ring is said to be waterproof, so all your data on the ring stays intact whether you’re swimming or taking a light shower.
So what exactly does the NFC Ring do? Like mentioned earlier, there are two inlays on the ring. The inner inlay is used to hold private information, like NFC-enabled door keys, phone PIN code and so on. The outer side of the NFC ring will hold public information – the stuff you’d be comfortable sharing with other people. You simple have to tap your ring against another phone and voila! Job done. It should be mentioned here that the NFC Ring comes with a very basic programming app right now. The NFC ring can be used to open websites on your browser, unlock your phone with your PIN code, and write contact info on your NFC Ring. The NFC Ring has to be used in conjunction with other NFC apps to really get the most out of it.
The data on the NFC Ring is not actively encrypted but there’s a passive way of making sure it doesn’t get into the wrong hands. The two inlays cancel out each other’s signals so NFC readers are automatically jammed out of reading these devices. The designers of the NFC Ring have released all of the source code for the device to the internet, so you can expect some wacky applications down the road.
You can pick up an NFC Ring for an early bird price of just 22 pounds. The Kickstarter campaign for the device has already gotten more than half of the funding goal, so this is definitely something that’s going to have a following of developers. Note: The normal NFC Ring does not work with The Samsung S4 and Z10, for those phones you will need an alpha size ring, this is due to the way that the S4 and Z10 place their antenna in their battery making it impossible for those phones to read small NFC Inlays consistently.