Wearable tech has undeniably had a lot of hullabaloo in terms of being able to capture the whole mass of mainstream audience right from the time the conceptual ideas from this new world started pouring in. When on one hand, the very idea of having something extraordinary like the Google Glass take charge of our lives seemed overwhelming, there’s always been this tinge of doubt that kept lingering on our minds which says “Is this really going to do what it shows?” I still remember the first time I’d watched Sergey Brin’s famous TED Talk on the Google Glass Project which literally had me spellbounded for quite some time. There’s been no looking back in this new digital revolution since then – the CES 2014 being a big evidence of the leap wearable tech has had over the years.
Indeed, there are problems which could slow down this trend as stated on Huffington Post last year, but the increasing efforts from the brilliant developers of this new tech era in trying to make these devices more subtle and user-friendly has got the predictions real high. Infact, according to a new research report from MarketsAndMarkets, the global wearable electronics market revenue is expected to cross $8 billion by 2018. Having reviewed gadgets like JUNE Bracelet and Avegant Glyph, these numbers does not seem far-stretched to me at all. Adding to that list is the latest success on Indiegogo which has literally erased the heftiness from wearable tech devices with their coolest gesture control invention – Fin Smart Ring.
Turning Your Finger Segment Into Digital Keys
The first glance on the functionality of this ring takes you back to your childhood when counting numbers using finger segments was an everyday expedition (I call it so because it was a real tough job for me then!) you just couldn’t do without. Fast forward to 2014 and you have these passionate individuals from RHL Vision Technologies using that same methodology but this time, your palm acts as a gesture interface connecting you with the digital world in just a few finger taps. It’s like operating on a numeric keypad which, in this case, comprises of your palm itself with of course, Fin gloriously fitted on your thumb. To call this useful gadget a magical invention is an understatement, it’s after all breaking the dawn of a new wearable tech that was always desired. Fin is small, elegant and stays attached to your thumb just like any other ring would without making you think of how you look wearing it time and again.
Your finger segments are now the Hot Keys that helps you stay connected with your digital devices at a go. Long hours of touchless interaction with headmounted displays or getting your hands on the gaming console, Fin makes this whole journey less cumbersome and stress free. This small group of innovative junkies have dreamt it big in building this cool gadget where technology runs smooth on the palm of your hands and it is with this vision in mind that founder Rohildev Nattukallingal said on an interview with Mashable, “People in today’s world are becoming more busy, but still they are wasting a lot of time interacting with their smart devices. Fin removes this interaction gap by allowing users to quickly interact with those devices.”
Visually Impaired Individuals Can Now Enjoy Technology
One of the most beneficial aspects of Fin’s unique gesture control technique is the introduction of interactive technology for the 285+ million visually impaired individuals out there who can now participate in this new tech culture too with their “palm keypads”. Apart from this, Fin also eases your ride while driving from functioning as the car key to navigating maps to receiving calls and what not. Listening to different tracks while jogging can become a piece of joy with this tiny ring master too, so does clicking selfies and sharing it with friends. That’s just some of the awesomeness that you can get with Fin which is also coming up with an SDK for the genius developers of this generation who can then brew some interesting potions for Fin users in the future. That’s not it, Fin is waterproof too and uses smart low energy technology such as Bluetooth for Communication which makes it all the more coveted given the fabulous wholesome platter it offers in the form of a tiny smart ring.
This spectacular innovation and the team behind it has already been acclaimed as one of the top 15 startups on the Techcrunch Hardware Battlefield 2014 held at CES 2014, Las Vegas and has had wonderful times since then. Their already successful campaign on Indiegogo with 5 days still left to go is also living proof to the kind of encouragement they’ve had from early adopters and developers. For now, it’s just $99 that can make you wear one piece of this ring of the future shipping this September 2014. It’s still left to see how surreal the experience will be and whether Fin can really make us accept wearable tech in our daily lives without having to face any kind of unconscious hindrance. Waiting to be a part of this new adventure of human-living where the real power truly and digitally lies “in your hands”. Happy Gadgeting!