Just yesterday, I wrote about how my favorite Mallorcine hotel which is now using NFC for guest information and today I came across a Kickstarter project which slipped under my radar. It's about a NFC Ring project which is currently looking for backers, or better, which already found enough backers. Created by British John McLear, the NFC Ring is an actual ring which is designed to be worn on your finger - like any ring. However, it comes with two NFC chips which allow to use the ring to unlock doors or mobile phones as well as transfer information and link people. As mentioned, the clue are the two NFC inlays, one public and one private, which allow to keep personal information as private as ever you want.
The private NFC chip for instance can be used to unlock a NFC compatible smartphone, like an Android phone, by just sliding the hand under and the NFC Ring will unlock it. While this requires additional software, which is available from Google Play anyway, indeed it couldn't be more simple! Another idea is that the NFC Ring helps you to open your house or apartment by installing an NFC enabled door lock.
The public NFC chip which is on the other side of the ring can be used to share and transfer information. Some of the ideas McLear has are sharing WiFi information, links to websites, contact information or whatever you think is suitable to be passed securely to your friends, smartphones and tablets.
Last but not least, the NFC Ring can also be used to start apps or switch custom settings of an Android or Windows Phone device. Since the ring is based on NFC, it doesn't require any charging which makes the use of it even more useful
Since enough backers were already found (even if the Kickstarter period is still running until August 19) - after 4 days only - the NFC Ring is expected to come in a titanium/steel combination and shipping is said to start in September. If you prefer to 3D print your own NFC Ring, you can even pledge £ 8.00 and you'll get the NFC inlay only shipped. For the rest of us without 3D printing capabilities, there are some £ 22.00 pledges left.
So who's the first to marry and using the NFC Ring as a wedding ring, carrying the spouse name as NFC info instead of having it actually engraved?
Cheers ~ Arne