Who hasn't missed a text message or phone call because their smartphone was buried at the bottom of their purse or pocket and the call went unanswered? That's the problem being addressed by manufacturers and designers of high-tech rings and bracelets.
As reported by Marie Claire, some companies are marrying high-tech features with previously low-tech and beautiful jewelry in order to get the best of both worlds. Such is one company named Ringly, who has found a way to make rings and bracelets Bluetooth-enabled and good for more than just decorating fingers and wrists.
The company might want to consider creating additional types of jewelry that are also gaining popularity, like rubber wedding bands, as reported by the Inquisitr. That trend finds ring-makers moving away from metal bands in order to prevent injuries to ring fingers, such as the injury that Jimmy Fallon suffered not long ago when his wedding ring nearly ripped his finger off, and left Jimmy telling his wife he loved her, but that he didn't plan to wear a wedding ring again.
However, Ringly has also adopted bracelets, as described below, to address the needs of their consumers who don't wear rings.As explained in the above YouTube video from Ringly, which was uploaded to YouTube on May 2 and has gained more than 1,000 views, the concept is a unique and practical one.
"Christina Mercado's collection of cocktail rings can alert you of any incoming and missed calls or messages from your phone, without the need for bulky accessories."Mercando founded Ringly as a way to wear nice and fancy jewelry that also serves a purpose. As seen in the YouTube video, the rings come in a box that can serve as a charging station, with the box being attached via USB to a port in the car to charge up the jewelry for a time of service.
Whereas many folks might find it awkward or odd to put on a little black cocktail dress and carry around a hulking iPhone 6 Plus in their hands – they wouldn't find it as awkward to keep the iPhone stashed in a crystal clutch bag and don an "Opening Night Black Onyx" ring on their finger.
As described by the company, that particular ring boasts not only the benefits of being notified on the sly by a subtle blinking light on the side of the ring, but also claims benefits from the gemstones used as well.
"Ringly connects to your phone via Bluetooth and lets you receive customized notifications through vibration and a subtle light on the side of the ring. Opening Night is inspired by special occasions where you get glammed up for a night out on the town. Gem story: black onyx gemstones are said to absorb negative energy, bringing you a sense of calmness as you enjoy your evening!"With the "Internet of Things" being called the next big wave of innovation – with everything from refrigerators to cars to everyday items being web-enabled – it makes sense that jewelry would fall into that realm of inventiveness.
As reported by Business Insider, Ringly was known for their 18-carat gold-plated smart-rings, and have also recently become known for the company's bracelets. Using a similar methodology for their rings, the Ringly bracelets also pair with smartphones to offer their wearers notifications that they can customize through a mixture of light signals from five different notification colors – as well as vibrations in a series of up to four patterns.
The bracelets come in a positively biblical-sounding variety of gems: lapis, tourmalated quartz, rainbow moonstone, and labradorite. With features that allow users to connect to popular apps like FitBit, Uber, and WhatsApp, the bracelets are currently in pre-order mode.
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