Samsung's Smart Ring

Samsung has filed a patent for a smart ring concept; here's a little bit of art:


(Samsung smart ring concept)

Samsung first filed a patent for a smart ring near the end of last year, but this is the first mock-up image of the device, finally providing an idea of what the finished product may look like. From the image, there are a few hints at what technologies the device may use. First off, there is a tiny set of volume buttons, suggesting that the ring will be able to control the volume of calls and media on a paired smartphone. Then there is a small button that looks as though it can be used to answer calls, and even a part of the device that looks like it may be able to hold a microSD card, which is a real possibility judging by the size and shape of the ring.

And it is likely that, like Samsung’s smartwatches, the ring will pack just about every type of hardware that can fit into it, such as motion sensors, heart rate sensors, NFC, and presumably Bluetooth to pair with a companion smartphone. If the device does include an NFC chip, this could serve to further increase the convenience of Samsung’s mobile payment solution, Samsung Pay.

With all of that other stuff, you'd think there might be a time display. I first read about the idea for a finger watch in Robert Heinlein's excellent 1951 novel The Puppet Masters.

But then, as I sometimes do, I found an earlier reference - in a 1951 short story by HB Fyfe:

Crayn glanced at his finger watch as his aide fastened the cloak he had brought hurriedly after him. It was three-forty-seven, Galactic Time.
(Read about the finger watch)

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