The idea of wearing a smartwatch that tells time and more might not appeal to everyone. The Ring Clock does one thing and one thing only, but unlike typical watches that are strapped around the wrist, this one goes on a finger.
The Ring Clock does tell the time in style, and on top of that, it proves to be very convenient. It’s definitely easier to look at your hand than getting your phone out of your pocket. Besides, wristwatches tend to be boring. The Ring Clock is something different, as it sets its wearer apart from the crowd.
Gusztav Szikszai , the designer of this unique timepiece stated the following: “It started with a challenge 2 years ago at CGSociety.org named Moving Innovation. The idea was to create visualization for a product that cannot exist today, but could exist 10 years from now. I wanted to create something that is innovative, good to look at and can actually be useful. I never wore a watch on my wrist because I don’t like the feeling, but I like watches in general, so I used that opportunity to let my mind come up with something that I could wear, the Ring Clock.”
Since it’s made from surgical-grade stainless steel, the Ring Clock will definitely pass the test of time. Three horizontal LED stripes are used for telling the time in either orange or cyan. The wider band tells the hour, the middle one the minutes and the narrow one the seconds. The developer managed to include LEDs and a battery in a very thin layer, fact that’s quite admirable. Overall, the design is very clean and simple, and as nobody wants bells and whistle in the case of wearable tech, simplicity can only be a good thing.
The gadget is eco-friendly, as it only displays the time after rotating the ring. Also, it turns itself off automatically, thus saving the battery. The Ring Clock charges wirelessly through induction, and the dock can also be used for setting the right time.
The opinions on YouTube are rather mixed. Some think the Ring Clock is cool, while others claim they wouldn’t pay $185 for it, regardless of the technologies and components used for making it. There’s also the fact that there are presentation photos and videos available, but the developer of this gadget doesn’t show how it would fit on a real hand.
Anyone willing to spend that kind of money on such a timepiece should head to Indiegogo, where the designer of the Ring Clock is trying to raise $287,500 for mass-producing the item. The retail price will most certainly be higher than $185, provided that the project gets funded in the next 46 days.