Smartphones, smartwatches and even smart glasses continue to enrich the line of smart accessories. Smart rings are certainly less common but still pretty intriguing ideas. One of them is Fin, a thumb ring designed to turn your whole palm into a gesture interface. Fin wraps around your thumb and converts your palm into a numeric keypad.
The main goal of the device is to enable hand gesture control of smart devices, aims to not only provide better connectivity, but to alter the way you interact with your favorite gadgets.
How doest Fin work? Fin is a Bluetooth enabled product that you can connect to three different digital devices, including Smartphones, Smart TVs, Automobiles, and Home automation devices providing multiple device compatibility. Fin has built-in sensors that allow it to track its movement in relation to your palm. Gestures are then imported into commands for different devices that are transmitted via Bluetooth 4.0.
Additionally, the ring is equipped with an LED indicator, and runs on a lithium-ion battery that requires a single charge for a whole month. It can then be recharged via a Micro-USB port. Among other advantages of the accessory is its waterproof feature with a rating of IP67. The developer also claims the ring is dust proof.
The device is compatible with iOS, Android and Windows phones.
- Fin should come with Water-proof: IP67.
- Size/Fit: Flexible.
- Battery: Li Po custom battery with micro-USB charging dock.
- Sensors: Fin can track accurate movement of your thumb on the palm also detect each part of your finger where you are touching.
- Communication: Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and 4.0
- Compatibility: Windows, MAC, iOS, Android, Windows Phones.
With just a swipe motion, the ring allows you to control your smart TV, change the channels, control sounds, navigate your maps, receive calls and read messages, change music, and other car utilities. You can easily share your data with a tap of your finger.
The ring will come in white, orange, black, blue and green, with shipping estimated for September.
Fin is still in prototype phase, and a crowd-funding campaign has been launched via Indiegogo. To gain a ring for yourself you’ll have to pledge $130.