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Design patent shows Samsung is working on a smart ring

An application for a design patent reveals that Samsung is not only working on a smart ring, but that development is already well underway.

The patent application, filed in December of last year with the Korean Intellectual Property Office, shows a ring design with a volume rocker, buttons for answering a call, and possibly some kind of card slot. In the ring itself there seems to be one or more sensors for monitoring the wearer’s heart rate and perhaps other biosignals.

It’s worth pointing out the potential a ring like this holds for Samsung’s Gear VR, as tracking hand movement would be a welcome addition to the interface of the headset. Still, the patent application published today only addresses design, not functionality — so we can only guess what use cases Samsung has in mind for such a ring.

As always, we leave you with the remark that, despite this patent showing a smart ring in an advanced stage of development, there is no telling if and when Samsung will bring such a product to the market.

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warlockba
warlockba

Samsung superpowers: you can just point the finger at something, and your finger explodes!
Trololololol … 😛

A Sweaty Womble
A Sweaty Womble

If this is legit then it’s going too far with the whole wearable game now… A watch, fair enough it makes sense, glasses are pushing it a bit, but a ring? That’s stupid. Smart piercings next? How about a smart necklace? Smart condoms? Smart clothing?

STOP with this wearable madness. This is how superheroes are created. Too much radiation from 6 billion wearable devices creating Incredible Hulks all over the place walking around looking like a green Mr. T .

LIVEFRMNYC
LIVEFRMNYC

That’s crazy talk. I need my super powers.

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

The more the better!

justfarrukh
justfarrukh

Smart rings are already in market, search for jakcom, nfcring.com and ringly.com